Andy Murray recorded his biggest win of the 2021 season when he upset Frenchman Ugo Humbert 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Moselle Open on Monday.
Murray is currently down at No 113 in the ATP rankings and had to rely on a wild card to get into the ATP 250-level event in Metz, France.
Humbert, the world No 26, is the highest ranked player Murray has beaten this season. Murray’s previous biggest scalp this year was Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round at Wimbledon. Basilashvili is currently 36th in the world but was ranked 28th when Wimbledon started.
According to the ATP Tour website, Murray slammed 18 aces compared to Humbert’s four, broke serve three times while losing his own serve only once. Crucially, the Scot saved six of the seven break points he faced, including while serving for the match at 5-2 in the third set.
Murray also won 85% of his first serve points, while Humbert won only 63% of his.
“I thought I had a good game plan, I executed it pretty well, and it came through in the end,” Murray said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“I had some chances early in the first set and didn’t take them.
“(Humbert) played a little bit better when he had his opportunities. In the second and third set, it was the other way.”
Murray will next play Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in the Moselle Open second round.
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