Paris suits him so well. A year and a half after his surprise round of 16 at Roland-Garros, seven months after his quarter in a Bercy on fire, Hugo Gaston is doing it again: here he is in the third round of the Parisian Grand Slam after his authoritarian victory against the Argentinian Pedro Cachin (6-4, 6-2, 6-4), Thursday on Suzanne-Lenglen, definitely his favorite court.
Pushed by 10,000 spectators, Gaston did not let himself be intoxicated, neither by the atmosphere, nor by his status as favorite against an opponent who had passed through the qualifiers (153rd in the world) and more accustomed to the secondary circuit on which he performed. this year (two Challengers titles). If he faced a break point on his first engagement, the 21-year-old Frenchman then clearly dominated the debates, without overdoing it.
Holger Rune awaits him in the third round
Sometimes guilty of excess of gluttony during his first round against Alex de Minaur (4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6) on Tuesday, the 74th in the world this time handled the amortization with accuracy to surprise the Argentinian and force him to come to the net where he very often showed clumsiness. Despite an average serving percentage (52% of first serves), particularly in the first set (41%), Gaston was almost never put in danger.
Only false note, this engagement at 4-3 in the third set where he rushed on two, three points, and allowed a harmless Cachin to pick up. Temporarily, only, since the Toulousain resumed his march forward in stride and again broke the Argentinian. Two days after coming out of it in the super tie-break of the fifth set, on the verge of cramps, Gaston qualified this time in two short hours, without having really needed to work.
In the third round on Saturday, he will face the Dane Holger Rune who has not lost a single set since the start of the fortnight, against Denis Shapovalov (6-3, 6-1, 7-6) then Henri Laaksonen (6- 2, 6-3, 6-3).