At the Rolex Paris Masters, Tuesday will present the first meeting between two of the game’s most promising talents in Stefanos Tsitsipas and Ugo Humbert.

Tsitsipas, who withdrew from St. Petersburg due to a minor leg injury before losing in the second round of Vienna, says that he is feeling just fine and excited to defend his ATP Finals crown in two weeks. The world No. 6 recently spent time with fellow Greek superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, drawing inspiration from the two-time reigning NBA MVP, as well as his first sip of coffee.

“I was very happy to talk with him and discuss the differences of our sports, work ethics and just basically our lives,” Tsitsipas told “I wouldn't say necessarily I have become better [this year] and that was also something I discussed with Giannis: how sometimes there comes a moment where you feel like you're reaching your limits, but then there are certain things where you do things wiser and you don't overtrain.”

In Vienna, Tsitsipas' leg, nor his limits, were the problem—but rather, a brilliant performance from Grigor Dimitrov. Tsitsipas will have his work cut out for him in Paris, as Humbert is one of the tour’s more underrated players. He’s surfing a wave of confidence having won his second ATP title of 2020 in Antwerp, as well as his last seven tiebreaks—a telltale sign of clutch play and belief.

Humbert is just 22, yet has surprisingly few holes in his game. His serve, forehand, backhand, shotmaking, movement and finesse were all on display in his 6-1, 7-6 (4) victory over Alex de Minaur in the Antwerp final. On Monday, the Metz native edged out Casper Ruud, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1), to get a tough battle on Court Central under his belt.

Humbert's compact stroke production is one of his greatest strengths. He is able to simultaneously hit, and redirect the ball right off the bounce, something he'll need to do well against Tsitsipas' often overwhelming power.


Match of the Day: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Ugo Humbert, Paris

In addition to his skill from the baseline, Humbert also possesses great improvisational skills, seen here in this sliding forehand-slice passing shot, hit directly at De Minaur's feet.

Match of the Day: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Ugo Humbert, Paris


On the court, expect a feeling-out period in the early stages as Humbert and Tsitsipas aim to figure out the best plan of attack. Tsitsipas is a phenomenal all-court player, but his backhand remains his weaker stroke, so expect Humbert to target that wing with his sliding lefty serve.

In the end,  Tsitsipas may simply overpower the Frenchman. With the ATP Finals looming on his mind, the Greek will need a rock-solid mental performance if he is to avoid successive early exits.

The Pick: Stefanos Tsitsipas