On court 5, Hugo Gaston achieved the greatest feat of his young career. The Toulouse player, 239th player in the world, defeated Yoshihito Nishioka (52nd in the world), Felix Auger-Aliassime scorer in the previous round, in 4 sets (6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2). He had never won a Grand Slam match before. The French, winner of the Youth Olympic Games in 2018 and great hope of French tennis, will face Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the third round.
We weren’t expecting him, he did. In front of Yoshihito Nishioka, member of the Top 60 and winner of Felix Auger-Aliassime in the 1st round, Hugo gaston pulled out all the stops. Result? The Toulousain, whom nobody knew, or almost, is the first French to reach the third round. Orange Bowl winner in 2017, gold medalist at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Hugo Gaston was the best on the court at the start of the day. For the second time in his career, he dominates a member of the Top 100.
Impressive on the important points
Although he is still very young, Gaston does not lack guts. You only have to see the 17 break points saved, out of 22 attempts to realize it. Also, the Toulousain, 239th player in the world, was able to raise his level of play when necessary, in the decisive game of the second set, to win 7 points to 4.
If, to a lesser extent, had a worse shot in the third set, which he lost (6-3), Hugo Gaston put the machine back on the road in the decisive round. First by making the entry break, and by achieving such a performance twice, then by retaining this advantage, decisive, until the end to win. Hugo Gaston can celebrate, thanks to this success, he is sure to integrate for the first time the world top 200 at ATP.
Wawrinka on the next round
Good news never comes alone, he will face Stan Wawrinka, a size, in the next round, probably on a big court. The Swiss impressed against Dominik koepfer, faller of Gaël Monfils in Rome, which he defeated in 4 sets (6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1). A sacred generation shock therefore between the French, who is with Sebastian korda one of only two players born in 2000 to join the third round. To face the experienced Swiss.