French Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas, last year’s French Open finalist, came back from two sets down to beat Lorenzo Musetti of Italy in a late-night thriller at Roland Garros.
Court Philippe Chatrier was treated to a long match by the Greek star, which ended at 12.35 a.m. local time.
Tsitsipas, who lost a two-set lead in last year’s final to Novak Djokovic, advanced to the second round with a 5-7 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-2 victory over world No. 134 Zdenek Kolar.
On the back of a solid first serve, the fourth seed hit 64 wins and unleashed 10 aces to defeat the promising Italian.
“I refuse to give up,” Tsitsipas said. “That’s simply how it works with me. You never really think about getting back after being two sets to love. You just play it point after point. You just wish that your efforts will pay off. It’s a mountain that you have to climb”
He added: “It was a great first round. I’m going to keep working hard to improve and build a relationship with the crowd here.”
Pliskova and Halep pull through scares, while Badosa dazzles
Runner-up at Wimbledon Karolina Pliskova beat Tessah Andrianjafitrimo of France 2-6 6-3 6-1 to advance to the second round of the French Open.
Third seed Paula Badosa, who defeated wild card Fiona Ferro 6-2 6-0, and ninth seed Danielle Collins, who defeated Viktoriya Tomova 6-0 6-4, both had easy victories.
Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko, both former champions, also won.
The Romanian defeated 18-year-old Nastasja Schunk 6-4 1-6 6-1, while the 2017 winner halted a five-match losing streak by defeating Lucia Bronzetti 6-1 6-4 to move to the next round.
She will face Alize Cornet, a home favourite who defeated Misaki Doi of Japan in straight sets.
Madison Keys fought back from a breakdown in the deciding set to beat Anna Kalinskaya 6-3 3-6 6-4. Caroline Garcia, who defeated Taylor Townsend in straight sets, will be her opponent in the third round.
Aryna Sabalenka needed three sets to beat Chloe Paquet of France.
The seventh seed had 13 unforced errors in the first set, more than four times her opponent’s total, but rallied to win with 42 winners.
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