Some will and have criticised Roland Garros for going ahead this year but from a tennis perspective it has brought opportunity to players and one of those players is Hugo Gaston.
Hugo was on a four match losing streak on his way into Roland Garros on the challenger tour and was an entrant following a wildcard and he has paid it back in style.
The 20 year old is now the last Frenchman standing after seeing off Stan Wawrinka in five incredible sets in front of a small but passionate crowd on Suzanne Lenglen.
Easy to forget before this week Hugo was ranked 239 in the world and:
- Had never won an ATP tour match (0-2)
- Had never won a Grand Slam match (0-1)
- Lowest ranked player in R4 of a Grand Slam in 16 years
Suddenly the Frenchman is into the fourth round of his home Grand Slam in Paris having never won a tour match before the week. He defeated Janvier, a tricky Nishikori and now the former Roland Garros champion to set up a big meeting with Dominic Thiem!
It was a fascinating match between Hugo and Stan with the Frenchman going onto break the 2015 champion eight times on route to a victory and a masterclass finish with the 35 year old losing to just the second Frenchman in eleven matches against home players in Paris following a defeat to Tsonga in 2012.
In a best of five format to defeat Stan like he did especially in that final set deserves a lot of credit. It was like watching an experienced player the way he soaked up the pressure from Stan and waited to the error and worked the court was exceptional.
Dominic Thiem might be relieved that he doesn’t have Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round in a very tough draw but its about the player in front of you and Hugo is in-form and will be raring to go on Sunday!