There are eight French people on the starting line for the qualifications for the Rolex Paris Masters. And after four matches, they are two to have succeeded in passing this first obstacle to the big picture. Quentin Halys, who opened the ball on the Central against Pedro Cachin, launched the troops well on Saturday noon by winning in two sets (7-6 , 6-3). After a very close first act, the 26-year-old took control thanks to the tie-break and offered his second victory in two weeks against the Argentinian.
“It might not be his favorite surface but with his confidence he was still super dangerous. I was expecting a close match, it was, so I’m very happy to be out of it. I feel good. A bit tired from the season of course, but I feel good. It was cool to be on the Central even though it was sparsely filled. I’m super happy to play at home and it would be great to get out of qualifying.”he explained at the exit of the court.
Gaston will leave the Top 100
A little later, Arthur Fils (315th in the world) released a big performance, the best of his young career, to eliminate Jaume Munar, 57th in the world (6-3, 6-3). The 18-year-old Frenchman was overjoyed after this victory: “It’s a great moment, I played a complete match and played well from A to Z. It was the most important thing, to stay well concentrated and it went well throughout the match. » Fils enjoyed it all the more as he was invited at the last minute to compete in these qualifications. Sunday, he will rub shoulders with Fabio Fognini, and he was already looking forward to it.
Hugo Gaston, he will not relive the sweet madness of his Bercy 2021 when, from qualification, he had been until the quarter-finals. The Frenchman however had the advantage in the decisive set with a break but, after a few misses, he tensed up and annoyed on the court, leaving Marc-Andrea Huesler to return to the game. The Swiss however had all the trouble in the world to conclude since he had to fight against his opponent but also against the stands, bubbling to encourage their protege.
Gaston thus saved five match points and the hundreds of spectators massed around the court n°1 believed that he was going to release a new trick of magic. But he stumbled in the final tie-break (6-3, 3-6, 7-6 ). This setback is a real setback for the 22-year-old Frenchman who had a complicated year on the main circuit. He will now leave the Top 100. Another tricolor player in contention this Saturday, Hugo Grenier lost in three sets after a big fight against Thiago Monteiro (6-4, 2-6, 7-6 ) who will face Halys this Sunday.