Can Gaston build on Parisian promise?
Last year launched a plethora of Next Gen prodigies up the roster.
On the men’s side Lorenzo Musetti entertained, Juan Carlos Ferrero’s charge Carlos Alcaraz clinched three Challenger titles and Sebastian Korda shot into prominence at Roland-Garros.
Well, Hugo Gaston was also flying the flag for France at Roland-Garros.
The 20-year-old didn’t have a tour-level victory to his name but left the terre battue in Paris an international story.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka unravelled in five sets due to Gaston’s chips, flicks and smooth style. The left hander has a penchant for the drop shot, which had Wawrinka scrambling, but he also has so much traditional quality to his game.
So much disguise on his shots, the squash-style lobs, the accomplished net game proved not all the youngsters will slug it out from the baseline.
Drop shots, a staggering 58, were on the menu again on Court Philippe-Chatrier to push US Open champion Dominic Thiem to the brink 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 3-6.
Can Gaston replicate such effective play to establish himself on the Tour to chase the Top 100?