20-year-old French tennis star Hugo Gaston has been making waves in the pro tour. Perhaps his biggest moment yet came in a thrilling five-setter that he played against Austria’s Dominic Thiem at the French Open in 2020. The tournament clearly proved to be the one where Gaston announced himself. He first sent Japan’s Yoshihito Nishiola packing before defeating former champion Stan Wawrinka against all odds.
He then met Dominic Thiem in the fourth round with the Austrian the overwhelming favorite to progress. The first two sets proved to be similar to what was expected with Thiem winning them with ease. However, Hugo Gaston refused to give up and came back with a stunning barrage of drop shots in the third and fourth sets to take them both. The match then went to the deciding set where the vastly higher-ranked Austrian prevailed. The final score read 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3.
‘I thought I could beat Thiem’ – Gaston
Hugo Gaston recently spoke to We Love Tennis about the match against Dominic Thiem and how he believed he could defeat the Austrian. “All the planets were aligned, I was in my tournament. I walked into the field thinking I could beat (Dominic) Thiem. Yes, yes, that I could beat Thiem,” he recalled.
“I didn’t expect to be there to be honest, but when I was down 2 sets to 0, I was like, ‘Get it, try to do stuff, play with the crowd’. As my game was there, it (support) followed, it made noise in the stands and I tried to keep the suspense going. Above all, I didn’t want to have any regrets,” Gaston explained when asked about what spurred him to continue fighting.
Despite the fact that Gaston lost, the stunning fight that he came up with and the barrage of drop shots that he produced will be remembered for long. Hugo Gaston is just 20 years old and it is clear that this is a man with a very bright future in tennis.