Rising French star Hugo Gaston thought he could do well against Pablo Carreno Busta in front of his home fans and he ended up upsetting the world No. 17.
Gaston, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 103 in the world, recovered from a set down to stun Carreno Busta 6-7 (4) 6-4 7-5 in the Paris second round.
Gaston is playing in Paris for the second time and this is his first time in the round-of-16.
“When the crowd supports me in this way on a great court, I trust much more in my possibilities and I never give up. I believe in what I do.on a tennis court, I know that my style of play can make many players uncomfortable and the fact that they do not know me too much works in my favor,” Gaston said after the win, as quoted on Punto de Break.
Gaston faces next Carlos Alcaraz
On Wednesday, rising Spanish star Alcaraz beat Jannik Sinner to set up a Gaston clash.
Alcaraz has been impressive this year and he will be a favorite against Gaston.
“I’m so happy for this win as Jannik was fighting for a spot at the [Nitto] ATP Finals,” said Alcaraz. “It’s my third Top 10 win of the year. I think Jannik and I will have a great rivalry in the future… I think that I played really, really aggressive, more than him. I think that was one of the keys.”
After the loss, Sinner suggested he knew he was up for a tough task against Alcaraz.
“Today was not my day, but I hope we can play some more matches,” said Sinner. “I knew that he was going to be top [player] already when I played him in 2019 on the clay on the [ATP] Challenger Tour. Because these kind of players you feel that they have something special, for sure.”