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Australian Open 2021 qualifiers: Hugo Gaston vs Max Purcell preview, head-to-head & prediction

Max Purcell
Max Purcell
Modified 10 Jan 2021, 14:49 IST

Match details

Fixture: Hugo Gaston vs Max Purcell

Date: 11 January 2021

Tournament: Australian Open 2021 qualifiers

Round: First round

Venue: Doha, Qatar

Category: Grand Slam

Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt

Hugo Gaston vs Max Purcell preview

The first round of Austtalian Open qualifiers will witness the 22-year-old Max Purcell take on another talented youngster in the form of 20-year-old Hugo Gaston.


Both men made their Grand Slam main draw debut in Melbourne last year, but couldn't advance past their respective first rounds. They will be looking to get another shot at the main draw when they step out on the court on Monday.

Hugo Gaston
Hugo Gaston

Gaston was the breakout star at last year's Roland Garros, and he ended the year at a career high ranking of No. 153. A solid showing in his first tournament of 2021 would be a big boost to the Frenchman heading into the new season.

Gaston plays a uniquely crafty brand of tennis, one that was on full display during his matches against Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem in Paris last year. His efficient lefty serve, agile foot speed and mastery over drop shots could give his opponents a lot to think about here in Doha as well.

But the 20-year-old will need to be wary of the dynamic Purcell, who finished as the runner-up at the Australian Open men's doubles event last year.

Hugo Gaston vs Max Purcell head-to-head

Max Purcell is a former finalist in Melbourne, having reached that stage in the men
Max Purcell is a former finalist in Melbourne, having reached that stage in the men's doubles last year.

This will be the first career meeting between Hugo Gaston and Max Purcell, so their current head-to-head stands at a 0-0 deadlock.

Hugo Gaston vs Max Purcell prediction

This match-up has all the makings of a close affair. Hugo Gaston's recent successes might hold him in good stead, but his opponent is just as capable of playing big matches well.

Max Purcell enjoy playing on hardcourts, having won multiple titles on the surface at the Challenger and Futures levels. Against Gaston though, he will need to maintain a certain level of aggression throughout and put his efficient frontcourt skills to good use.

Even the slightest of let-ups against a wily customer like Gaston could end up costing Purcell the match.

Prediction: Hugo Gatson to win in three sets.

Published 10 Jan 2021, 14:22 IST
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