Six hours and five minutes: Italian qualifier triumphs in second longest French Open match

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Lorenzo Giustino. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Lorenzo Giustino. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Italian qualifier Lorenzo Giustino outlasted France's Corentin Moutet 0-6, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 18-16 on Monday in the second longest match in French Open history at six hours and five minutes.

World No 157 Giustino secured his first Grand Slam main draw and tour-level win after a final set lasting 180 minutes in a match held over from Sunday.

Moutet won more points than Giustino - 242 to 217 - but the 29-year-old journeyman emerged the victor in a contest that fell 28 minutes short of the tournament's record marathon tie between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement in 2004.

Giustino will advance to play 12th seed Diego Schwartzman for a place in the third round. He is guaranteed at least €84 000 in prize money - more than he made all of last year and doubling his earnings in 2020.

"In the end, well, the most aggressive, the guy who tried to win, won the match," said Giustino, adding he felt "perfect" despite the gruelling workout.

"I think we both didn't want to lose the match. Nobody made a mistake in the important points, both [of us] were like super solid and we played our best tennis in the best and most important points.

"So, of course like this you go 18-16 in the fifth. But in the end it was just like super aggressive. I mean, [I] tried to hit winners because I knew that he was not giving me the match."

Giustino had lost all four of his previous tour-level matches and reached a career high of 127 in August last year.

"I hope that this match can give me a boost in confidence to try to reach the top 100," he said.

As for Moutet, it was a bitter pill to swallow for a player who made the third round at the US Open as well as last year's French Open.

"My feelings, I don't know. We played a really long match, so I don't know. I don't feel anything in my body right now. I feel empty," said the 71st-ranked Moutet.

French Open results at Roland Garros on Monday, the second day of the delayed 2020 championship (x denotes seeded player):

Men

First round

Daniel Galan (COL) bt Cameron Norrie (GBR) 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

Tennys Sandgren (USA) bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL x29) 7-5, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 11-9

Jiri Vesely (CZE) bt Liam Broady (GBR) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

Karen Khachanov (RUS x15) bt Kamil Majchrzak (POL) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-3

Guido Pella (ARG) bt Salvatore Caruso (ITA) 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6-4

Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP x17) bt John Millman (AUS) 6-3, 6-2, 7-5

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER x30) bt Frances Tiafoe (USA) 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3

Daniel Altmaier (GER) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 6-4

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) bt Daniil Medvedev (RUS x4) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-1

Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-4, 6-3, 6-0

Nikola Milojevic (SRB) bt Filip Krajinovic (SRB x26) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Aljaz Bedene (SLO) bt Arthur Rinderknech (FRA) 6-2, 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 6-4

Alexander Bublik (KAZ) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x8) 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) bt Emilio Gomez (ECU) 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3

Lorenzo Giustino (ITA) bt Corentin Moutet (FRA) 0-6, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 18-16

Hugo Gaston (FRA) bt Maxime Janvier (FRA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-3

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) bt Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN x19) 7-5, 6-3, 6-3

Casper Ruud (NOR x28) bt Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 6-1, 6-3, 6-1

Tommy Paul (USA) bt James Duckworth (AUS) 6-2, 6-3, 6-2

Jack Sock (USA) bt Reilly Opelka (USA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

Dominic Thiem (AUT x3) bt Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-4, 6-3, 6-3

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) bt Michael Mmoh (USA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x14) 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-0

Pedro Martinez (ESP) bt Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) 7-5, 6-4, 6-0

Mackenzie McDonald (USA) bt Steven Diez (CAN) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4

Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Women

First round

Bernarda Pera (USA) bt Cici Bellis (USA) 7-6 (7/3), 6-1

Amanda Anisimova (USA x25) bt Tamara Korpatsch (GER) 6-2, 6-0

Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) bt Barbara Haas (AUT) 6-3, 7-6 (7/1)

Iga Swiatek (POL) bt Marketa Vondrousova (CZE x15) 6-1, 6-2

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x28) 6-1, 2-6, 6-1

Katerina Siniakova (CZE) bt Lauren Davis (USA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2

Sara Errani (ITA) bt Monica Puig (PUR) 6-2, 6-1

Kiki Bertens (NED x5) bt Katarina Zavatska (UKR) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0

Elina Svitolina (UKR x3) bt Varvara Gracheva (RUS) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4

Renata Zarazua (MEX) bt Elsa Jacquemot (FRA) 6-1, 6-2

Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-3, 6-3

Serena Williams (USA x6) bt Kristie Ahn (USA) 7-6 (7/2), 6-0

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) bt Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) 6-1, 6-2

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x11) bt Tamara Zidansek (SLO) 7-5, 4-6, 8-6

Patricia Tig (ROU) bt Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 7-5, 7-5

Christina McHale (USA) bt Karolina Muchova (CZE x22) 6-2, 6-4

Petra Kvitova (CZE x7) bt Oceane Dodin (FRA) 6-3, 7-5

Jasmine Paolini (ITA) bt Aliona Bolsova (ESP) 6-4, 6-3

Polona Hercog (SLO) bt Diane Parry (FRA) 6-4, 6-2

Leylah Fernandez (CAN) bt Magda Linette (POL x31) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3

Kaja Juvan (SLO) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x18) 6-3, 6-3

Clara Burel (FRA) bt Arantxa Rus (NED) 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (7/2), 6-3

Alize Cornet (FRA) bt Chloe Paquet (FRA) 6-3, 6-2

Zhang Shuai (CHN) bt Madison Keys (USA x12) 6-3, 7-6 (7/2)

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