Hugo Gaston wins in Roanne and gets closer to the Australian Open

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Hugo Gaston wins in Roanne and gets closer to the Australian Open

Hugo Gaston masters the art of the yoyo. A week after his tumble in the ATP rankings, from 84th to 132nd, due to the loss of 205 points (qualifiers included) what his 2021 quarter-final at Bercy had brought himhere he is going to recover 26 ranks thanks to the title won on Sunday at the Challenger 100 tournament in Roanne.

By beating the Swiss Henri Laaksonen (182nd) ​​despite a bad start (he was trailing 7-6, 4-3, break) and thanks to winning ten of the last twelve games of the match (6-7 (6) 7-5, 6-1 in 2h02), Gaston carried out a very nice accounting operation. The 100 points he garnered with this very first title in the antechamber of the ATP (he previously had 4 titles in Futures, the D3 of the circuit, but none in Challenger, despite four finals) brings him much closer to the top 100.

The road to Australia goes through Finland

On Monday, he should occupy the 106th place in the world, which could still prove insufficient to directly integrate the final table of the Australian Open 2023. Normally, only the first 104 are admitted, but it happens in addition that players benefiting from protected rankings lower the necessary rank.

For Gaston, next week will therefore be particularly stimulating because if he manages to make his way through the Challenger 90 table in Helsinki, he could then open the doors wide open for the first round of the 2023 Grand Slam, without have to go through the qualifications. In the first round, in Finland, he will face the Bulgarian Dimitar Kuzmanov (213th).

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