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Another fine win for Humbert :dance:

Only watched the last few games but he backed up his previous performances well, serving great and putting Bachinger under constant pressure with deep returns.

The French WC faces Kukushkin in the SF, who's proved to be a NextGen killer so far this tournament and will be his toughest challenge yet.
 

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I watched this one. It was a pretty low-key start, both players just going about their own game to a decent level, Humbert standing out more with a few nice forehand winners. There was one little scare for Humbert on serve during the first set when he lost the first 2 points in his 4th service game but some really accurate serving dug him out of that and it seemed to be the wake up call he needed to stop drifting through the match and really take control of it. From there he clearly looked better than Bachinger, and if we're being brutally honest if Humbert is gonna be a big threat in a couple of years he needs to be winning these kind of matches, showing that the experienced challenger level players are not good enough to beat him. Humbert was quite impressive as the match went on.

Obviously a nice haul of points for Bachinger after coming through qualifying and last round getting a big win vs Verdasco but he never looked like he had anything to hurt Humbert today.

I don't really think Humbert can win the title this week without playing quite a bit better than this, because the finalist in the other half of the draw could be a big favourite depending which one makes it (I fancy the winner of Simon/Goffin for this title, to be honest) plus Kukushkin is definitely a big danger when he plays well like he has so far this week - he is at a career high rank! However this isn't me knocking Humbert's progress, he is doing very well. He just has a lot more room to improve during this season and I think he will.
 

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Never thought the day would come that I'd get my own MTF stalker :lol:

In your haste to dig up my past transgressions, it escaped you that the latter post was made in jest - which would be obvious if you actually followed the conversational thread... The first is more of a technical than factual error - Tsitsipas has surpassed Khachanov, even if it's not reflected until next week's rankings - but I have no problem owning up to my mistakes.

Anyway, I posted here a while back* that we'd know NextGen players have 'arrived' when they got haters here, so I'm kind of pleased to be proved right on that point ;) Not that it takes a prophet to predict such a reaction, it's only human nature :shrug:

However @teamthiem, you'll be happy to know that your erudite and thoughtful posts on all matters #NextGen related have inspired me to be even more active and dedicated in spreading the word here on MTF :angel: I'll be praising their triumphs and mourning their defeats as much as I can - even the ones I'm indifferent to :secret:

*Not in the mood to dig it up but you're more than welcome to the task :p
 

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This win takes Humbert to a current projected CH ranking of No. 59 :cheerleader: I anticipate seeing him in more ATP main draws from now on.
 

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Humbert has my attention. I need to see him perform against an elite defender before I say anything more.
Same here , so far he's keeping composure at home, in fast indoor and not playing an elite player or any steady defender .

Now Let's see how he handles variation from a good fast court specialist veteran
 
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