Wimbledon 2022 – Forgotten rackets but regained confidence: Ugo Humbert “on the right track”

Wimbledon 2022 - Forgotten rackets but regained confidence: Ugo Humbert "on the right track"
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen him so happy, but above all, so comfortable on the courts. Ugo Humbert directed, like her compatriot Harmony Tan the day before, a nice coup at Wimbledon, leaving, in 4 sets, the Norwegian Casper Ruud, in the second round (3-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4). Seeded number 3, but above all a finalist at Roland Garros a few weeks ago, Ruud was a hell of a customer, and he had to bend in the face of the Habs’ strike force.

“Djokovic plays his entire season at this Wimbledon, a significant weight for him”

“It’s a great victory, especially at this time when it’s a bit complicated…”, rejoiced the 24-year-old player at a press conference. Because since his victory in Halle, his first career ATP 500, last year, everything had gone from bad to worse for the Moselle. Released from the start by Nick Kyrgios, in 5 sets, at Wimbledon, he then, apart from a thinning during the Tokyo Olympics (quarter-final), chained poor performances and defeats. It was after 5 consecutive setbacks that, at the end of October 2021, he announced that he was ending his season.


Humbert (again) is a pleasure to see


At the microphone of Eurosport and Mats Wilander, he returned to this annus horribilis: “It was hard for me because I had a bad reaction to the vaccine (against the Covid-19). After the Olympics, I had the Covid in Australia, injuries… So it was difficult, my confidence was at its lowestrewind Humbert, who has not shone so far in 2022 either, and had even lost 8 of his last 10 matches before arriving in London. “I try to do better and better every day so I’m happy to be in the third round”.

I love playing this kind of match. I now have to improve my average level of play against lower ranked players

This Wednesday, the French however got off to a bad start, since he was broken from the start, before resuming the opposing service then losing his again and finally dropping the first set. “It was difficult after the first set because we couldn’t play this morning (because of the rain, which delayed the start of the matches, editor’s note), so it was hard to get into the match”, he explained. So much so that he forgot to take his racquets when entering the court, as he admitted to Mats Wilander!

Facing David Goffin, a new challenge in the 3rd round

“It was the first timehe swore. But it’s still more useful for playing (smile)”. Once the first round had been digested, however, he managed to start the machine: “When the 2nd set started, I managed to play more aggressively, it was better. I knew that Casper (Ruud) hadn’t played many matches on this surface”deciphered the one who now leads 3-1 in direct confrontations against the Norwegian. “I think he doesn’t like playing me because I take away a lot of time from him, especially on grass. He couldn’t shift his forehand like he likes to do”.

“I love playing this kind of match.said Humbert. I manage to let go of myself against this kind of player. Now I have to improve my average level of play against lower ranked players.”such as David Goffin, ex-world number 7 who has fallen to 58th place: “He’s playing incredibly well on grass, so I’m expecting a very tough game, but I think I can do something with my game. If I can play very aggressively, I know I can- be doing it”. And thus open a new enchanted parenthesis.

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