Competing at his second Major event and making a debut at home in Paris, world no. 239 Hugo Gaston stunned a former champion Stan Wawrinka to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros! The 20-year-old Toulouse native received a wild card for the main draw, using it with both hands to notch three wins and become the lowest-ranked player in the fourth round at Majors since Guillermo Canas at the Australian Open 2004.
Gaston is the first French player to reach the fourth round on Roland Garros debut since Patrice Dominguez in 1971, and the lowest-ranked opponent to defeat Stan Wawrinka at Majors. The youngster defeated the more experienced rival and the rain delay to celebrate a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 victory in three hours and ten minutes, winning seven points more than the Swiss.
Wawrinka had 14 winners more than Gaton but that wasn't enough to carry him through, spraying more than 70 unforced errors and failing to find the rhythm at the net. The Swiss converted five out of 17 break chances and suffered eight breaks, losing ground in the decider to carry the young gun through.
A former champion made a great start, serving well in the opener and delivering breaks in games six and eight for 6-2. The youngster raised his level in set number two, dropping eight points in four service games and never facing a break point.
He stole Wawrinka's serve in the first game following a drop shot error from the Swiss, clinching the set 6-3 with another break at 5-3. Gaston grabbed a break in the sixth game of the third set, fending off four break chances in games seven and nine after a long rain delay to take two sets to one advantage.
The fourth set was the most extended one, offering breaks on both sides. Stan saved six break chances in his opening two service games, earning a break in game two to open a 3-0 lead. Hugo was back on the positive side of the scoreboard with back-to-back breaks, suffering another one at 4-5 to hand the set to Stan, who forced the decider.
Sebastian Korda and Hugo Gaston are both born in 2000 and ranked outside top-200.
There, it was all about the French player, earning three breaks and delivering a bagel to move into the last 16 in style. In the battle of the qualifiers, Sebastian Korda toppled Pedro Martinez 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to join Gaston in the fourth round as another youngster born in 2000 and ranked outside the top-200.
The American competed on a high level to bring 48 winners and 29 unforced errors to his tally, getting broken once and delivering six breaks to find himself over the top in straight sets. Korda had the advantage in the shortest and mid-range exchanges, almost bringing the victory home before the rain delay and finishing the job a couple of hours later to set the clash against Rafael Nadal.
Martinez was off to a better start, earning a break in game five and forging a 4-2 advantage in the opener. Finding his strokes, Korda rattled off four straight games and securing the set following a double fault from Martinez at 5-4.
Carried by this momentum, Sebastian barely lost a point on serve in set number two, forcing an error from his opponent for a break in game two and holding with a forehand winner at 5-3 to open two sets to love gap. The American led 4-1 in the third set when the rain started to fall, returning to the court and sealing the deal two games later to advance into the last 16.
Lorenzo Sonego ousted Taylor Fritz 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 in three hours and seven minutes for his best result at Majors. There was only one break in the entire clash, with the rivals pushing each other to the limits, especially in the third-set tie break where Sonego fended off six set points to win it 19-17 and reach the round of 16.