Hurkacz ousts defending champ Humbert at Halle

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HALLE, Germany — Defending champion Ugo Humbert was eliminated from the Halle Open in the second round after losing to Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Wednesday.

The fifth-seeded Hurkacz saved three of the four break points he faced. He will next play either Mackenzie McDonald or Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinals of the grass-court tournament.

Top-ranked Daniil Medvedev advanced by beating David Goffin 6-3, 6-2. The Russian player will next play Ilya Ivashka of Belarus in the second round.

Medvedev, who reclaimed the top spot in the ATP rankings on Monday, is bidding for his first title of the year.

Also, Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Sebastian Korda 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 in the second round. The Spanish player will next meet either second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas or Australian wild-card entry Nick Kyrgios.

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