Justine Henin: Hugo Gaston has shown promise but don’t get carried away

Former world No. 1 Justine Henin admits Hugo Gaston showed some promising stuff at the Paris Masters but urged everyone to pump the brakes on the Frenchman and to not get carried away like it was the case after last year’s French Open. 

Last year, Gaston put up a great run at Roland Garros to make his Maiden Grand Slam round-of-16. 

Back then, Gaston clinched the biggest win of his career after stunning three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. 

In the round-of-16, Gaston pushed former world No. 3 Dominic Thiem into a five-setter before falling just short. 

Last week, Gaston stunned Pablo Carreno Busta and Carlos Alcaraz en route to making the Paris Masters quarterfinal as a qualifier. 

In the quarterfinal, Gaston competed well but lost to world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev.

“You have to stay calm because everyone was already getting carried away at Roland Garros last year. So it’s true that the good thing is that he was able to show things on a surface where we weren’t expecting him. That I think is very important. He has shown it twice in France,” Henin said of Gaston.

Gaston enjoyed his Paris run 

“It was an amazing week for me, to play against the really, really good players,” Gaston told ATP Media. “It’s always different when we play at home. The atmosphere was just amazing. The crowd was just amazing for me.”

Gaston didn’t have much time to rest following his Paris campaign as he is playing at this week’s Next Gen ATP Finals.

“I’m pretty happy to be here with the best younger players in the world. For me, that’s a really good chance, to play against them,” Gaston said. “Of course I’m really happy about my year, because I’m here. That’s a really nice year for me and I’m going to enjoy the moment this week.”

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