Stefanos Tsitsipas scored a two-hundredth run to beat Lorenzo Musetti at the French Open

Stefanos Tsitsipas scored a two-hundredth run to beat Lorenzo Musetti at the French Open

Stefanos Tsitsipas, last year’s French Open finalist, rallied from two sets down to upset Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in a late-night thriller at Roland Garros.

Tsitsipas, who lost a two-set lead to Novak Djokovic in last year’s final, won 5-7 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-2 to advance to the second round, where he will face world No. 134 Zdenek Kolar.

The Greek star gave fans Court Philippe Chatrier a marathon match that ended at 12.35am local time.

The fourth seed struck 64 wins and 10 aces in rallying to defeat the talented Italian on the strength of a solid first serve.

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.”

“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 on. It’s a mountain that you have to climb”

Wimbledon runner-up Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to beat France’s Tessah Andrianjafitrimo 2-6 6-3 6-1 to reach the second round of the French Open.

There were more routine wins for third seed Paula Badosa, who beat wild card Fiona Ferro 6-2 6-0, and ninth seed Danielle Collins, a 6-0 6-4 winner against Viktoriya Tomova.

Former champions Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko also secured victories. The Romanian overcame a second-set blip to beat 18-year-old Nastasja Schunk 6-4 1-6 6-1, while the 2017 champion ended a five-match losing streak with a 6-1 6-4 win over Lucia Bronzetti to advance to the next round.

She will meet home favourite Alize Cornet, who saw off Japan’s Misaki Doi in straight sets. Madison Keys came back from a break down in the deciding set to close out a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win over Anna Kalinskaya. She will play home hope Caroline Garcia, who beat Taylor Townsend in straight sets, for a place in the third round.

Aryna Sabalenka needed three sets to overcome France’s Chloe Paquet. The seventh seed made 13 unforced errors in the first set, more than four times her opponent, but fought back to seal the victory, hitting a total of 42 winners.

 

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