Another high seed fell in Halle after. After Daniil Medvedev and Roger Federer lost, home hope Alexander Zverev joined them after a tough 3-set loss to Ugo Humbert 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3.
Zverev, 2-time Halle finalist, was meeting for the lefty Frenchman for a first time. Humbert had just one break point the entire match and he converted it in the third set.
“I don’t particularly know what I could have done differently, to be honest,” Zverev said. “Ugo was serving incredibly well in the first set, we both barely won points on each other’s serve. Then in the third set, I think he found his rhythm from the baseline. He was outplaying me. It is not a great result for me, but I don’t know what I could have done differently.”
Playing in his first grass event, Sebastian Korda kept going beating 2-time semifinalist Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.
“We know each other’s games so well, and he has watched me play since I started playing tennis, so there were definitely no secrets during our match,” Korda said. “It was just a mental battle and I stayed really calm in the big moments, saving lots of break points, and then I managed to win one at 5-5 and serve it out.
“It has been super fun this week. It is pretty close to where I usually practice in Europe, so we drove over from Prague, and it has such a homely feel here, so it has been an honor.”
He’ll now get Humbert next. Lloyd Harris and Nikoloz Basilashvili also advanced to a quarterfinal clash.
Tomorrow will also see Philipp Kohlshreiber meeting the lone seed left in the event, Mr. ATP 500 Andrey Rublev. And Felix Auger-Aliassime faces American qualifier Marcos Giron.
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