Ugo Humbert’s three-year reign as Auckland Open champion got here to an finish on Tuesday as Christopher Eubanks defeated the Frenchman 7-6(4), 7-6(3), with sixth-seeded American John Isner additionally exiting the match within the first spherical.
Humbert received the occasion, his first success on the ATP tour, when it was final performed in 2020 however misplaced out to the American qualifier in a pair of tiebreaks.
“I was playing some pretty good balls throughout the match, and I think being comfortable and playing a lot of tiebreakers in a lot of my games showed a pretty good effect today, so I’m pretty happy,” stated Eubanks.
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The Auckland Open has returned after a two-year break as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, however Tuesday’s matches have been moved indoors and performed with out followers as a result of impending arrival of Cyclone Hale.
The day opened with Isner, a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 2018, crashing out when he misplaced in three units to Gregoire Barrere.
Barrere received the tie 7-6(3), 7-6(5), 6-3 to beat the big-serving American, who was defeated regardless of firing down 56 aces.
Eubanks will subsequent face Belgium’s David Goffin, whereas Barrere meets fellow Frenchman Fixed Lestienne within the second spherical.