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French Open Tips & Preview – Hugo Gaston V Alex de Minaur

WILL EVANS’ daily preview serves up French Open tips for Aussie top-20 star Alex de Minaur’s first-round assignment against Hugo Gaston. 

French Open Tips – Hugo Gaston V Alex de Minaur

17:00 (AEST), Tue 24th May @ Stade de Roland Garros, Paris

History: First meeting

Final Thoughts: After a string of disappointing Day 1 losses and tough Day 2 draws for other players, 19th seed Alex de Minaur remains a beacon of hope for Aussie tennis fans.

De Minaur has a very modest 2-6 record at the French Open, but his impressive form in Europe this spring hints at a career-best Roland Garros performance. The 23-year-old took Andrey Rublev to three sets in Monte-Carlo and did the same with rising superstar Carlos Alcaraz in Barcelona, after upsetting Cameron Norrie.

After reaching the Round of 16 at the Italian Open, ‘Demon’ was in a solid form in getting to the Lyon Open quarters last week.

World No.68 Hugo Gaston will have the home crowd behind him and surged to the fourth round at the 2020 French Open – just his second grand slam – when he was a 239th-ranked teenager, beating former champ Stan Wawrinka.

But Gaston has not won a grand slam match outside of that tournament and arrives at Roland Garros amid a rough trot of form. His clay swing has consisted of a string of heavy first-round defeats, including a 6-2 6-2 loss to Fernando Verdasco as the top seed at a Bordeaux Challenger tournament.

Consequently, de Minaur is the short $1.17 favourite and giving away a hefty start. But the tenacious Sydneysider should get the job done comfortably after playing arguably the best clay-court tennis of his career in recent weeks.

Tip: Games Handicap – de Minaur -7.5 @ $1.95


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