In two days, Ugo Humbert will celebrate its 21 years, and the 64eme world player offered a nice gift by winning the first match on grass in his career on the ATP circuit. Quarter-finalist last week at the Challenger of Ilkley, the Messin won the first round of the tournament of Antalya in the face to the Argentine Federico Delbonis : 6-3, 7-5 in 1h18. Alternating good and less good service (7 aces, 6 double faults, one break conceded), Humbert is still shown to be strong enough to break at 4-3 in the first set, and then come back from 0-2 to 2-2 in the second, and finally taking the opponent’s service at 5-5 to take it away. It will challenge the next round of the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic (19 years of age, 82eme) for the first time in his career.
Dzumhur still undefeated in Antalya
The winner of the tournament Turkish in the past year, the Bosnian, seeded no. 5, won its first round of editing 2019, beating Matthew Ebden (91eme) 6-4, 7-5 in 1h22. The 63eme world player has taken the opponent’s service entry of the match and was able to maintain his lead until the end of the set to take away the first inning. The second was more delicate, since it led 4-2 and then saw Ebden back to 4-4, before the breaker at 5-5 and win. On the other hand, the tournament is already finished for Joao Sousa, head of series n°8, which has been the law of Lorenzo Sonego on the score of 6-3, 7-6 in 1 hour 30 minutes. The Italian has served 8 aces and had never had a ball break to defend. On the other hand, he had to save three balls of the second set in the tie-break, eventually won 13-11 on his fourth match ball.
Seppi already eliminated
It’s been two seedings in the least to Antalya. After the elimination of Joao Sousa (#8) by Lorenzo Sonego the day before, it is Andreas Seppi, who lost to Bernard Tomic on Monday (4-6, 6-4, 6-4). The head of series number seven, however, has made a good start to the encounter, taking the first round after the break input. But it is the Australian who has better negotiated after the match by taking the opponent’s service twice to level the match at a set all over before qualify on a final break in the last act. Tomic will face Peter Gojowczyk in the next round, tombeur of Ergi Kirkin in three sets.
ANTALYA (Turkey, ATP 250, turf, 507 490€)
Taking the title : Damir Dzumhur (BIH)
Pair (FRA, n°1) – Bye
Troicki (SER, Q) – Kovalik (SQL)
Kecmanovic (SER) bat Munar (ESP) : 6-4, 6-3
Humbert (FRA, n°6) bat Delbonis (ARG) : 6-3, 7-5
Thompson (AUS, n°3) – Bye
Klahn (USA) bat Darcis (BEL, Q) : 6-3, 6-2
Celikbilek (TUR, WC) bat Gulbis (LET) : 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Dzumhur (BIH, n°5) bat Ebden (AUS) : 6-4, 7-5
Tomic (AUS) beats Seppi (ITA, n°7) : 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Gojowczyk (ALL) bat Kirkin (TUR, WC) : 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-2
Krawietz (GER, Q) – Ilkel (TUR), WC)
Carreno Busta (ESP, n°4) – Bye
Sonego (ITA) bat Sousa (POR, n°8) : 6-3, 7-6 (11)
Gunneswaran (IND) beats Tipsarevic (SER) : 6-0, 7-6 (6)
Carballes Baena (ESP) bat Aragone (USA, Q) : 6-4, 7-6 (2)
Mannarino (FRA, n°2) – Bye