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Rolex Paris Masters (Q): Gaston gets closer to the main draw, the other Habs stopped

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Guillaume Issner, Media365, published on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Thanks to his three-round victory over Kevin Anderson, Hugo Gaston is only one victory away from the main draw of the Rolex Paris Masters. All the other French players failed.

Qualifying began this Saturday on the courts of the Rolex Paris Masters. Seven French players could claim a place in the big table. Among them, Hugo Gaston, author of the first victory of the day (7-6, 2-6, 7-6) for the French clan after a marathon of 2h36 ‘against Kevin Anderson. Despite 16 double faults and only one successful break, the 107th world clung to the end. He came close to elimination but managed to save two match points at 5-3 in favor of the number 5 seed in the last set. His qualification will be played this Sunday against Lorenzo Musetti, scorer in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 6-1) from Lucas Pouille. The Northerner, invited by the organization, nevertheless won the first round but collapsed in the next one before surrendering.

Simon missed six match points

Defeat also Gilles Simon (6-7, 6-4, 7-5), semi-finalist of the tournament in 2012, which should take several days to cash this terrible blow that he has just taken behind the head. Like Pouille, the veteran with protected classification status (122nd worldwide) took the lead when entering the second round. He saw Marcos Giron equalize and certainly thought he did the hard part by leading 5-0 in the final set. But, despite six match points, the Niçois lost ground and conceded a terrible 7-0. Arthur Fils failed to create the feat ahead of Alexei Popyrin despite a good resistance in the first heat. The finalist of the last edition of Roland-Garros juniors was defeated (7-6, 6-2). His executioner on Parisian clay, Luca van Assche bowed to Roberto Carballes Baena (6-2, 7-6) when Harold Mayot did not do better against Dominik Koepfer (3-6, 6-0, 7-5). Benjamin Bonzi also fell against Yoshihito Nishioka (6-4, 7-6).

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