Eight months after having lived there the most beautiful emotion of his career, by dominating the former winner of the tournament Stan Wawrinka in the third round, Hugo Gaston did not exist this time on the Lenglen. The revelation of Roland-Garros 2020 was clearly dominated by his compatriot Richard Gasquet (6-1, 6-4, 6-2), Tuesday in the first round.
He obviously tried some cushioning of which he has the secret, but on dry ground, less heavy than last October, with a higher rebound, they did not have the same effectiveness, despite some successful damping-lob combinations.
Gasquet will face Nadal on Thursday
Dominated in the exchange, he forced his blows and very often left to foul (35 unforced errors including 19 forehand). Although not always brilliant, Gasquet, serious and applied, picked up the errors of his opponent. The small warning at the start of the second set, with a break conceded at 2-1 on the only chance of Gaston’s match, did not disturb him: he immediately came back and then passed in stride.
In a strange atmosphere, where the public timidly tried to revive Gaston while encouraging Gasquet, the Franco-French duel ended in a flop. Thursday in the second round, Gasquet will face an old acquaintance: Rafael Nadal, winner in three sets of Alexei Popyrin (6-3, 6-2, 7-6 ). The Biterrois faced him sixteen times on the pro circuit for as many defeats and no set scored since 2008.