Third round battle of the unseeded players saw exciting Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz facing French Qualifier Hugo Gaston. Hugo who had a noisy home crowd behind him produced an epic comeback in this one. Alcaraz will want to forget this match in a hurry though, lost his wits about him in that second set showing still has more to learn in the game. Hugo had a notable result in the qualifiers, beating former Wimbledon Finalist Kevin Anderson so he was never to be underestimated. Both players are not too dissimilar, spritely and mobile about the court. It was the 344th ranked Hugo who pounced in an otherwise tight first set in the ninth game at 4-4. The unforced errors in this match were unbelievable from Carlos. Check out 40-30 as he blows the beak point. He needs to learn to block the crowd and sounds in his heard when he plays a home favorite.

Second set could not have started any better for him though. He won five straight games by going back to what he knows best, wearing down his opponent from the baseline. Watch 2-0(40-30). Carlos getting to the ball at the point of the rally where Hugo played the deep forehand at the net, must have been the point where most people would have conceded the whole point. Carlos got to the ball because of his speed showing his qualities. With a spring in his step, Carlos went 5-0 up in the set with a third looking highly likely then. Hugo never let himself get demoralized though. The crowd deserve a lot of credit for getting behind him too. Carlos wasn’t helping himself either. He needs to learn to slow the points down when the crowd gets excited especially when serving. Take as much time of the 25 seconds allotted between serves.

Errors, unexpected and honestly infuriating, my goodness. Watch this one at 5-3(0-40). Carlos hitting the net after Hugo played the return into the body which was key. A lefty backhand return on the ad court from a serve. Carlos couldn’t adjust his body quick enough. As much as errors were Carlos’s undoing, his first serve was not that strong too. He won just 46% of his first serve points. He should really have ditched the slower kick serve in time when he was at least 5-2 up. Hugo wrapping up the match with HIS ONE AND ONLY ACE of the match. He now faces Daniil Medvedev in the quarters.