Hugo Gaston was eliminated as soon as he entered the clay court tournament in Cordoba by the Italian Luciano Darderi.
Eliminated in the round of 16 of the Challenger de Camberra tournament and in the second qualifying round of the Australian Open, Hugo Gaston did not have a great month of January, and hoped to take advantage of the clay courts of Cordoba, in Argentina , to chain the victories. It missed. The 101st player in the world was eliminated by the 200th, Luciano Darderi. Born in Argentina but of Italian nationality, the player of almost 21 years, who has already won four titles on the Challenger circuit, won his very first victory on the ATP circuit by winning 6-4, 6-3 in 1h17 against in French. Darderi pocketed the first set by breaking at 5-4, then rolled out early in the second by quickly leading 5-0. Gaston saved the honor by erasing one of his late breaks to make it 5-2, but his opponent managed to finish without flinching, which will allow him to face the No. 4 seed Sebastian Baez at the next round.
Gaston has not won on the big circuit since July
The only Frenchman competing in Cordoba, Hugo Gaston (22) is therefore already leaving the tournament, and will now travel the 700 kilometers that separate him from Buenos Aires, to go and compete in the qualifications for the ATP 250 tournament which will take place next week in the Argentine capital, always on clay. The Toulousain will try to finally win a match on the big circuit, which has not happened to him since last July in Bastad (abandonment of Basilashvili). Brilliant at Roland-Garros and Bercy, Hugo Gaston is still struggling to get his career off the ATP circuit abroad. With only 95 points to defend by Roland-Garros, the protege of Marc Barbier can however hope to climb a little in the standings to gain more direct access to the best tournaments, if he manages to win a few victories. After Buenos Aires, Hugo Gaston will play in Rio de Janeiro.