The number 17 is said to be bad luck. On the contrary, Hugo Gaston will think that he has a couple of good records against players with the same ranking and precisely against his countrymen.
With his victory against Pablo Carreño at the Masters 1000 in Paris, which also places him in the round of 16, the Toulouse-born got his best win of the year.
And the memory that, a year ago and in the same city but in the Grand Slam, the left-hander achieved the same thing against no less than a great champion like Stan Wawrinka. It was even close to taking down Dominic Thiem in that same tournament, which would have meant a consecration in itself.
-Roland Garros 2020: to Wawrinka 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6 and 6-0
-Masters 1000 de Paris-Bercy 2021: Carreño by 6-7 (3), 6-4 and 7-5
Gaston managed to debut his Top 100 status with a memorable triumph and expects a full house of fans for his next duel: Sinner or Alcaraz. That is the question.