The long-awaited shock will not have taken place. In this duel of generations, Richard Gasquet left no chance for Hugo Gaston, which he outclassed in 1h39 (6-1, 6-4, 6-2). After Gaël Monfils’ victory, Gasquet, almost 35, proves that the generation of “New Musketeers” is not yet completely over. Revelation of the 2020 edition, Gaston was quickly dominated by his compatriot and was not able to enchant the Parisian public again. In the second round, the Biterrois could face a certain… Rafael Nadal.
One thing is certain, Hugo Gaston has remained the same. From the first exchange of the match, the Toulousain tried a cushion. But it was Gasquet who won the point. It also took 34 minutes of play for the younger of the two French to achieve a winning amortization to 1-1 in the second set. Far from his standards for the month of October, where he chained them as he saw fit. Appeared very leggy, and probably warned of what to expect, Gasquet was rarely caught out in the races forward. Gaston then often made the wrong choices and quickly gave up the first set (6-1 in 26 minutes).
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Arrived on tiptoe last year, Hugo Gaston carried more expectation on his shoulders. He did not know how to ignore it. Despite a better second set where he broke the first, he gave in for the first time on his next service game with a double fault. Before a new service game missed at 4-4 where, by dint of wanting to shorten the exchanges, he got lost. With 27 winning strokes for 35 unforced errors (28-18 for Gasquet), Gaston simply lacked consistency to permanently worry the former world number 7.
A last burst of pride allowed him to save five break points at 2-1 in the third set, before losing the next five games. Richard Gasquet continues to gain momentum after two consecutive quarter-finals in Lyon and Parma. The next round will present an entirely different difficulty for the Frenchman, as he will face Rafael Nadal. After sixteen defeats against the Mallorcan on the main circuit, he will try (finally) to beat the man with thirteen titles at Roland Garros.
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