Defeated by Peter Gojowczyk in a disjointed match (1-6, 6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4), Monday in New York, Ugo Humbert will not see the second round of the US Open. Frustrating, really.
A few days ago, at the turn of the conversation, then listing the many qualities of his player and his summer achievements, Thierry Ascione warned: “Ugo is still under construction. This Monday, on the super fast court 9 of Flushing Meadows, his student gave him, despite himself, reason. Favorite of his match against German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk , 141st in the world, Messin finally fell in the first round of the US Open.
Less leggy than usual, undoubtedly hampered by the extreme humidity that made the reputation of the American Major, Ugo Humbert also fell facing an opponent very hard to maneuver for a first round. Not regular enough to remain in the world’s Top 100 all year round, Peter Gojowczyk is a real head-cutter, who on a good day can annoy a lot of people. The winner of the Moselle Open 2017, his only title on the professional tour, may not have a devastating forehand or a terrible backhand but he has a weapon that many don’t: risk doesn’t. absolutely not scares him.
Moreover, the German does not know the slice and very rarely frequents the lift. So… It’s complicated to deal with him.
The 23-year-old from Lorraine never really managed to do it. Winner of a first set where he will not have at any time needed to force his talent (6-1 in 27 minutes) and where Gojowczyk seemed more determined to make the referee pronounce his name well than to counter him, Ugo Humbert then suffered a tidal wave of winning points. Not at all successful on his engagement (33% of first balls only in the second set), he in turn took a 6-1 in 28 minutes. Concentrated, applied, the 141st world played then much better than its classification and continued without batting an eyelid with the gain of the third round (6-2 in 33 minutes) and a break in the fourth set (3-1).
Place at the Moselle Open
As usual on the edge of the precipice, the 26th player in the world eventually found resources and returned to the game. More efficient on his service, more aggressive on the return, he equalized with two innings everywhere (7-5) and could count on the support of a few compatriots, Arthur Rinderknech and Hugo Nys in the lead, to try to overturn this match definitively. But at 2-2, a less well-negotiated service game cost him the break, and despite three break points in his favor at 4-3, Ugo Humbert had to bow in the epilogue of an American tour where success often seemed to run away from him. If she could come back to the Moselle Open in three weeks …