October 26, 2021

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Humbert stuns Rublev to claim Halle title

France’s Ugo Humbert pulled off a surprise 6-3 7-6(4) win over world No 7 Andrey Rublev to claim his maiden ATP 500 title on the Halle grasscourts on Sunday.

Humbert stepped up his Wimbledon preparations by producing a clinical display, winning 85 per cent of his first-serve points and hitting nine aces to extend his perfect record in ATP tour finals to 3-0.

Despite the defeat, Rublev will rise up to third in the Race to Turin for a place in the ATP Finals in November. The 23-year-old is only behind world No 1 Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas