France’s Hugo Gaston will play Argentina’s Juan Manuel Cerundolo in the first round of the 2021 Gstaad Open on Monday, July 19. Get the live streaming options of this Hugo Gaston v Juan Manuel Cerundolo match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Hugo Gaston v Juan Manuel Cerundolo Head to Head
165th-ranked Hugo Gaston has not played 144th-ranked Juan Manuel Cerundolo before this.
Gaston in Iasi Challenger Final on the Eve of Gstaad
At the time of writing, Hugo Gaston will be contesting his second ATP Challenger final of 2021 in Romania. The Iasi Challenger has opened up a window of opportunity for the flamboyant 20-year-old to win his first title at that level in Sunday’s final against Zdenek Kolar.
Gaston who measures 5ft 8in, has become synonymous among the tennis fraternity as the drop shot master. He rose to widespread popularity at his home Slam last year when he made the fourth round of the French Open as a little-known wild card. He scored a stunning victory over 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka and pushed Dominic Thiem to five sets.
The French lefty still targets a top 100 breakthrough, which he hopes to attain before the end of the season. But he will need plenty of persistence and consistency in the coming months.
Having been ranked no higher than 141 in the world rankings, Gaston failed to build on last year’s French Open exploits at this year’s edition. He was beaten by compatriot Richard Gasquet in straight sets in the first round. But on the bright side, there is a possibility he might win a trophy.
Cerundolo Returns to Clay After Wimbledon Failure
Juan Manuel Cerundolo was beaten in the first round of qualifying at Wimbledon by Enzo Couacaud, just a few days after retiring hurt at the Prostejov Challenger.
Cerundolo, who is 19, sensationally won the Cordoba Open as a qualifier at the end of February – his first-ever ATP title at any level. He registered some astonishing wins against established tour regulars such as Thiago Seyboth Wild, Miomir Kecmanovic, Federico Coria, and Albert Ramos Vinolas.
That unlikely triumph saw his ranking shoot up more than 150 places from outside the top 300. He was Argentina’s newest kid on the block, and in fairness, he has lost his bearings. He clinched a maiden Challenger title in May when he won the Rome 5 Challenger.
Although he was unsuccessful in his bid to qualify for a Grand Slam at the French Open (suffering a third set tiebreak defeat in the final round of qualifying), he hasn’t given up hope of pushing up his ranking to within a main draw spot at the US Open. There will certainly be a little more work required for Cerundolo to achieve that feat.
Gaston v Cerundolo Prediction and Tip
This should be an intriguing clash between two Next Gen stars. Both players possess an attacking brand of tennis and a sweet left hand. Gaston might not have plenty of time to rest on his laurels after playing the Iasi Challenger. We reckon fitness could be the determining factor here.