‘It was incredible – Hugo Gaston thanks fans for remarkable comeback in Paris
Home favourite Hugo Gaston produced one of the most remarkable second set comebacks in history at the Paris Masters against Carlos Alcaraz.
After taking the first set 6-4, the French star quickly found himself trailing 5-0 in the second set to the 18-year-old Spaniard before producing a quite remarkable comeback to take the match 6-4, 7-5.
Gaston, who is best known for his eye-catching performances at Roland Garros in 2020 particularly in his fourth round tie with Dominic Thiem, admitted he had lost all momentum in the second set.
“I was drifting off at that point, and he started to have a letdown, as well,” Gaston said.
“He made a lot of mistakes, because I managed to have fast balls, slow balls, to have high balls. He started to lose his groove, and I stayed focused. This is why I managed to overturn the match in my favour.”
The Frenchman, who currently finds himself ranked outside of the Top 100 (103), thanked the fans for helping him to reel off seven consecutive games to march into the quarter-finals.
“[The atmosphere] was incredible. Honestly, I have been playing tennis for this. It was actually incredible. It was really wonderful to live this match with them.
“I actually won because they supported me from beginning to the end even when I had a letdown during the first or the second set, they were always cheering me. It’s incredible to have such a great public.”
Gaston will now face world number two Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-final on Friday as he looks to continue an impressive run in front of his home crowd.
— FFT (@FFTennis) November 4, 2021
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