Stefanos Tsitsias Breaked the Record for the Highest Men’s Seed to fall at the Tokyo Olympics.
U. Humbert Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
On Wednesday, No. 16 seed Ugo Humbert overcame a set deficit to defeat No. 3 seeded Greek in the round of 16.
Third-place finisher Ugo Humbert defeated top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the third round of the men’s singles competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Victory over the Greek who was Ranked fourth is the most Significant of Humbert’s Career.
It appeared unlikely that No. 28 ranked Humbert would come out on top after he was down a double break and lost the first set in only 32 minutes.
But he held serve with Tsitsipas the whole second set, right up to the tie-break, where he took a 6-3 lead and won the set in just two more points; things went from bad to worse for Tsitsipas after that, as he collapsed on set point, clutching his thigh, and had to be helped off the court.
While Tsitsipas did manage to hold serve at 1-0 in the third set, it was all Humbert from there as the Frenchman took the next five games to take a commanding 5-1 advantage.
Tsitsipas held to bring the score to 5-2, and he had four break points in the next game to pull one break back, but Humbert held firm and won a tight seven-deuce game with an ace on his fourth match point.
The ATP 500 tournament in Halle, which Humbert won two weeks before Wimbledon for his best career triumph, was the sixth Top 10 victory of his professional career.
He won his first two of these in 2020, against No. 5 Danill Medvedev and No. 6 Tsitsipas on clay and indoor hard, respectively in Hamburg and Paris, and his next two came on grass in Halle, against No. 6 Alexander Zverev and No. 7 Andrey Rublev.
Tsitsipas still had an Impressive run in Tokyo, despite the Setback.
He defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round, making history as the first Greek male to win a singles match at the Olympics since Augustos Zerlandis in 1924.
He then went on to defeat Frances Tiafoe in the second round, avenging his loss to the American in the first round at Wimbledon just a few weeks prior.
Humbert, ranked No. 14, will face No. 12 seeded Russian Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals. Khachanov, like Humbert, surprised the odds in his third round encounter earlier in the day, defeating No. 8 seed Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 2-6, 6-1.