French tennis player Hugo Gaston was glad that he managed to clinch a main draw spot at the Paris Masters and then to go and make a deep run.
Gaston, ranked at No. 103 in the world, won two qualifying matches in three sets to earn a main draw place at the Paris Masters.
On Friday, Gaston competed extremely well before falling short to No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev.
Gaston blew three consecutive set points in the first set as Medvedev claimed a 7-6 (7) 6-4 win to progress into the semifinal.
Gaston stunned Pablo Carreno Busta and Carlos Alcaraz en route to making the Paris quarterfinal.
“I’m happy after all that I made this tournament. Even if I know I have to do better on this first set point. You pay the bill against the best players,” Gaston said after the loss, per Tennis Majors.
Gaston achieves his goal
Gaston, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 103 in the world, is set to break into the top-100 for the first time in his career following his run in Paris.
“Reaching the top-100 was a big goal. It was important. My coach and I are very ambitious. But we’ll make it step by step. I can’t see a limit but I’ll take my time,” Gaston revealed.
Following the withdrawal of Ugo Humbert from the Davis Cup Finals, a place in the French team opened.
Gaston admitted that he would love to replace Humbert.
“Having the France team jersey on the shoulders, that would be a dream for me. I used to watch it on television when I was a kid, and that would be a top sensation,” Gaston admitted.
At last year’s French Open, Gaston stunned Stan Wawrinka before pushing Dominic Thiem into a five-setter.
“I hope I can play very well outside Paris obviously. But I’ve already done that, no that’s not a concern at all,” Gaston added.