With lobs & drop shots, No. 239 Hugo Gaston exits Roland Garros proudBy Oct 05, 2020
Alexander Zverev has surgery to repair torn ligaments in ankleBy Jun 07, 2022
Long after he had nothing left to prove, Rafael Nadal showcased mastery of the clay-court chess match yet again to make it 14 for 14 in Roland Garros finalsBy Jun 05, 2022
The eternal now of Rafael Nadal: A journey of endurance, patience, and suffering for the Roland Garros titleBy Jun 05, 2022
Rafael Nadal wins record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title with incomparable 14th final-round victory at Roland GarrosBy Jun 05, 2022
Preview: Will Rafael Nadal move to 14-0 in Roland Garros championships against first-time major finalist Casper Ruud?By Jun 04, 2022
"She's always hitting winners": Six months after trusting her talent like never before, Iga Swiatek is the one setting new standards in ground-stroke prowessBy Jun 04, 2022
Coco Gauff's Paris education continues after Roland Garros final defeat to Iga SwiatekBy Jun 04, 2022
Flawless Iga Swiatek sweeps to Roland Garros title, conquers Coco Gauff in finalBy Jun 04, 2022
Casper Ruud beat Marin Cilic at Roland Garros by channeling the man he’ll play in his first major final: Rafael NadalBy Jun 03, 2022
With lobs & drop shots, No. 239 Hugo Gaston exits Roland Garros proud
The 20-year-old Frenchman pushed US Open champion Dominic Thiem to five sets in the fourth round, having already defeated Stan Wawrinka in the previous round.
Published Oct 05, 2020
Hugo Gaston entered Roland Garros as a little-known wild card, but he's leaving as one of the tour's most talked-about teens.
The 20-year-old French player pushed US Open champion and two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem to five sets in the fourth round, and defeated Stan Wawrinka in the previous round. He left the court to cheers from the limited but energetic crowd that had applauded him throughout the encounter.
"I'm disappointed, but very proud, also," Gaston told press in French. "I want to also say thanks to the crowd, who pushed me a lot.
"I'm happy with the level of my game."
Gaston joins 19-year-old Jannik Sinner and 18-year-old Lorenzo Musetti as young players who have created waves at their home events during the clay season, with both Italians making strong runs in Rome two weeks ago. Sinner is set to face defending champion Rafael Nadal in the Roland Garros quarterfinals.
But Gaston has a very different game than Sinner and Musetti, one built around touch and speed, as he showed by hitting dozens of drop shots and frequent lobs against Thiem.
"His creativity is part of his game, he has always played like that," his coach, Marc Barbier, was quoted by L'Equipeas telling French press. "But the creativity, it must be there to help the performance."
During his on-court interview, Thiem commented that Gaston's drop shots "were from another planet," and complimented his opponent's play.
"Coming from him, it's really nice," said Gaston, adding that Thiem had also told him to "keep working and I would be fine."
The pair also exchanged a thumbs up as Gaston walked off.
Coming into the tournament ranked No. 239, the Frenchman is understandably pleased with his week.
"It makes me want to practice even harder," said Gaston. "The goal is to get into the Top 100 as soon as possible.
"Now, I'm going to enjoy [this] and go back to the challengers."