At the ATP Halle 2021, Ugo Humbert needed the third set tie break to break down Sam Querrey's resistance in the first round and especially Felix Auger Aliassime in the semifinals. In the middle he had allowed himself the luxury of beating Alexander Zverev and Sebastian Korda.
In short: for the Frenchman the final challenge with Andrey Rublev, favored by necessity on the eve, turns out to be the least complicated. The French tennis player, incredibly suited to the green, after the successes in Antwerp and Auckland in 2020 won his 3rd title in the ATP Tour.
The inaugural set was decided by a break in game number eight, by a single mini-break in the jeu decisif the second. At the threshold of ninety minutes of play, the final 6-3 7-6 (4) is practically a logical consequence. The Frenchman at the eve of the Championships - where he has already reached the second week - will sit on step number twenty-five in the ranking.
A week from Wimbledon, Matteo Berrettini is proposed as the best alternative to Novak Djokovic on grass-courts. The Italian number one collects his twenty-sixth success of the season, but above all a historic title in the ATP Queen's tournament, which came in 2021 at the 118th edition.
For example, Boris Becker had won his debut at Queen's in 1985. Berrettini, ever closer to box number eight in the ranking, after a practically perfect week does not change the project against Cameron Norrie. He beat him with an excellent 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-3 at the threshold of two and ten hours of play.
After Omar Camporese in Rotterdam in 1991 and Fabio Fognini in Hamburg in 2013, an Italian tennis player returns to win an ATP 500 tournament. For Berrettini it is the second title of the season, the second on grass-courts and the fifth in his career.
WTA in Birmingham and Berlin
On the lawns of the WTA Birmingham 2021, Ons Jabeur managed to break the title curse on the WTA Tour. The Tunisian tennis player, never beyond the second round on the grass-courts of Wimbledon, after a tournament stained only by the tie break of the third set with the very talented Leylah Fernandez, gets rid of Daria Kasatkina in the final with a fantastic 7-5 6-3.
Ludmilla Samsnova, who had reached only one semifinal in the WTA Tour, after sifting through the qualifiers for the WTA Berlin 2021, even wins the final. The Russian, after Marketa Vondrousova, Veronika Kudermetova, Madison Keys and Viktoria Azarenka, also notes Belinda Bencic in the notebook of the victims of the tournament.
She is able to cash in the first set with a very clear 6-1. Samsonova regroups the score in the same way and, thanks to an early break in the third set, she achieves the success. Obviously the first among the big ones, obviously the most prestigious.
Among other things, the Russian also makes a leap of almost fifty positions in the ranking and sits on box number sixty-three.