Alex de Minaur vs. Hugo Gaston, Aussies in first-round crowd

Australian Alex de Minaur highlights the behavior of the French crowd after losing to local hopeful Hugo Gaston in a five-set at Roland-Garros.

Gaston, the 21st, 19th pick picked up a huge comeback win against the Aussies that rocked the crowd, the environment in which rival players met while playing with the Australians at Melbourne Park this year.

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The French were trailing 3-0 in the set after losing nine games in a row before beating De Minaur 4-6 6-2 6-3 0-6 7-6 (4) in a nearly four-hour clash.

The overcrowded French crowd at the US Open quarter-finalists handled it from the De Minaur crowd from the start.

The French left-handed footballer won the final frame with five straight points in a tiebreaker, leaving home fans delighted at Court Suzanne Langlein.

After the match, De Minaur said, “I think there is a difference between a great environment and supporting your countrymen, which is absolutely good and it’s great.”

“I’m sure it was an amazing environment for him. He enjoyed every second of it but there is a line.

“When I am told something by people in the crowd, I make eye contact after hitting a double fault, I think there is a certain line that needs to be looked at.

“But it’s good for him to play a great match in front of his home crowd and be able to feed it and a moment that I’m sure he won’t forget.”

These defeats continue a failed trend in the De Minor tournament in recent years, with his fourth loss to Gaston in the first round.

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De Mina’s defeat gave Australia hope in qualifier Jason Kubler’s Round of 64.

The only Aussie to be eliminated in the draw was John Millman, except De Minaur, but he dropped 1-6 5-7 6-7 (6-8) to American Sebastian Corder.

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