Grigor Dimitrov lost the final of the tennis tournament of the ATP 250 series in Marseille, after conceding two sets to the representative of the hosts Ugo Humbert - 4-6, 3-6, in an hour and 25 minutes of play.
The match began with the dominance of the servers, as evidenced by the fact that there was no tie in any of the first nine games. However, in the tenth, Bulgaria's best tennis player showed hesitation and was punished by his aggressive opponent, who took the lead. At the beginning of the second Grigor missed two break points and this proved to be the key to the development of the match until the end. Humbert pressed in the second game, broke and never looked back to claim the title on home soil.
The 25-year-old Frenchman could hardly have played a better match on serve, finishing with 10 aces and 1 double fault, dropping just five first serve points for the entire match and saving both breakpoints against his Bulgarian opponent.
It was Humbert's fifth title in as many finals - thus extending his perfect record in decisive trophy clashes. Grigor remains with nine trophies, losing for the tenth time in a final in his professional career. He failed to add to his title from Brisbane earlier this year.
Dimitrov will participate in the tournament in Rotterdam next week, where the representative of Italy Lorenzo Sonego is awaiting him at the start. /BGNES