Youth Olympic Games: Hugo Gaston tops Facundo Diaz Acosta to claim gold

Tennis - Kaja Juvan and Iga Swiatek have won the girls' doubles gold medal

by Jovica Ilic
Youth Olympic Games: Hugo Gaston tops Facundo Diaz Acosta to claim gold

World number 4 and the 3rd seed Hugo Gaston has had a memorable day at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, claiming gold medals in boys' singles and the bronze medal in boys' doubles to wrap up a great week in Argentina and probably end his junior career on a high note.

Last year's Orange Bowl champion has won his third singles title of the season with a 6-4 7-5 triumph over the 8th seed Facundo Diaz Acosta after just over an hour and 30 minutes to replace Kamil Majchrzak who won this title in 2014. The Argentinian drew first blood in the third game when he grabbed the first game of the match following a poor backhand from Gaston but the Frenchman pulled the break back after a stunning forehand cross court winner in the next game for a 2-2.

Hugo forced an error from his rival to move 5-4 up and he broke at 15 after a forehand error from a left-hander in the next game for a 6-4 in some 34 minutes. Diaz Acosta earned a break point with a volley winner at the start of the second set but he sent an easy forehand wide to miss a chance for an early break.

Gaston brought the game home following a backhand mistake from Facundo who held at love with a service winner in game two for a 1-1. Gaston saved another break point in game three and he wasted three chance on the return in the game that followed, allowing Diaz Acosta to bring the game home after numerous deuces and a volley winner in the last point.

A forehand winner pushed the home player 3-2 up and he confirmed the break with three winners in game six, firing another booming forehand down the line for another break and a huge 5-2 lead. Serving for the set in the next game, he got broken after a return winner from Hugo who reduced the deficit to 5-4 with a solid hold, forcing Diaz Acosta to serve for the set once again.

It wasn't to be for the Argentinian, though, netting an easy forehand to suffer another break and falling 6-5 behind thanks to another good hold from Gaston. The momentum was now on the side of the French player and he grabbed the fifth straight game when he broke at 15 in game 12, crossing the finish line to complete the comeback and start an emotional celebration of the gold medal.

Kaja Juvan and Iga Swiatek have claimed the girls' doubles crown, beating the Japanese pair of Yuki Naito and Naho Sato 6-7 7-5 10-4 in just under two hours. Juvan and Swiatek broke their rivals in the 11th game of the second set but Juvan suffered a right leg injury that required a medical timeout before the last game of the set they won to set up a match tie break.

From a 3-2 down, the European pair has won seven points in a row to move 9-3 up and they sealed the deal on the second match point to complete a great week and carry the gold. Kaja Juvan will have a chance for a clean sweep, facing Clara Burel in the singles final on Sunday. Saturday's results:


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