Ugo Humbert Clinches Title in His Dubai Debut, Downs Bublik in the Final
Runner-up Alexander Bublik and 2024 Dubai champion Ugo Humbert at the trophy ceremony. March 2, 2024. Photo courtesy: Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships.

Fifth seed Ugo Humbert produced a statement campaign in his debut at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on his way to earning the title in a straightforward win over Alexander Bublik on Saturday’s final.

In blistering form, Ugo Humbert took down seventh seed Alexander Bublik 6-4, 6-3 after one hour and 27 minutes to claim the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title on Saturday in the year of his debut at the ATP 500 event.

Moreover, a rock-solid start to the season will see the 25-year-old achieve a new career high of No. 14 on Monday, becoming the first Frenchman to crack into the Top 15 since 2021.

During the trophy ceremony, Humbert outlined: “I played a fantastic level all through the week, but it was not easy. I have a really good team around me.”

Adding: “I have too much respect for [Bublik]. He is such a nice guy on and off the court. He had some opportunities to break me, but I was really calm.”

In their first meeting on Tour, the French player started strong, but so did Bublik, who will rise to World No. 19 for the first time in his career on Monday.

Both players stayed solid behind their booming serves through a tight opener in which the Kazakh fended off break points while Humbert fired his powerful forehand to find breathing room when he needed the most.

The Metz born converted his lone break in a crucial 10th game, closing out the first set 6-4 in 48 minutes as his adversary hit a double fault at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.

In control, Humbert earned a break to inch ahead 3-1 in the second set, a lead he would then extend to 4-1.

Unbroken, he resisted the Montpellier reigning champion’s late challenge, saving a pivotal breakpoint in the ninth game to take victory 6-3 in 37 minutes.

He finished with 26 winners and only five unforced errors to his opponent’s 20 and 9, respectively.

Furthermore, he won 73 percent of the first serve points compared to the 26-year-old 67 percent.

The sixth-time tour-level winner has been displaying some of his best tennis this season, capturing the crown on home soil at the Open Provence 13, prevailing over second seed Grigor Dimitrov in the championship match held in Marseille by mid-February.

Late last month, he advanced to the quarterfinals in Qatar, falling to countryman Gael Monfils, the last Frenchman to win in Dubai in 2021.

En route to clinching his second ATP 500 crown, he ousted big names such as the like of defending champion Daniil Medvedev.

Previously, he left behind Monfils and former world number one Andy Murray before fighting hard to overcome third seed Hubert Hurkacz for a place in the last four.

Straight-set victories over Medvedev and Bublik sealed a nearly flawless campaign, which saw the young player dropping just two sets throughout the tournament.

Next, the first Masters 1000 of the season in Indian Wells awaits the players who have set off their 2024 runs in exceptional form.

Cecilia demartini
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Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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