French Open: Tsitsipas survives first-round scare to progress

Published:Mar 10, 202422:12
French Open: Tsitsipas survives first-round scare to progress

Final yr's runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a first-round scare on the French Open, beating Italian Lorenzo Musetti 5-7, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 to advance into the second spherical on Tuesday.

The Greek fourth seed was out of types within the first two units earlier than discovering his vary to arrange a gathering in opposition to Czech Zdenek Kolar.

"It was a terrific first spherical. I'll preserve working laborious to enhance and construct a relationship with the group right here," Tsitsipas mentioned on Court docket Philippe Chatrier.

Musetti final yr took the primary two units in opposition to Novak Djokovic within the final 16 earlier than damage compelled the Italian to retire.

On Tuesday, Musetti broke decisively within the eleventh sport within the opening set when an unforced error from Tsitsipas gave him a 6-5 lead. The Italian adopted up on serve and took a one-set lead as his opponent buried a backhand into the online.  

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Musetti carried the momentum into the second set, racing to a 4-0 benefit as Tsitsipas continued to falter.

However the Greek discovered his vary to stem the bleeding, pulling a break again.

Musetti served for the set at 5-4 and after first lacking out with a double fault, he took a two-set lead when Tsitsipas made one more unforced error.

Tsitsipas cantered right into a 3-0 lead within the third set, sustaining the benefit to scale back the arrears.

The Greek moved 2-0 up within the fourth set, saved a break level within the third sport to increase his benefit, just for Musetti to interrupt again with a forehand winner.

However Tsitsipas made probably the most of his opponent's nerves to interrupt once more and go 4-2 up earlier than levelling the competition.

The Italian had run out of gasoline and Tsitsipas was business-like as he wrapped up the match late within the night time to increase his keep in Paris within the backside half of the draw, the place he is not going to have to fulfill defending champion Novak Djokovic or 13-time winner Rafael Nadal.

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