Carlos Alcaraz scripted a great escape at the French Open on Wednesday, bouncing back from a match point down to win the second round.
The sixth seed saved match point in the fourth set and rallied from 0-3 in the fifth set to defeat countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-7(7), 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-4.
“I feel tired,” Alcaraz said in his on-court interview, cracking a laugh.
“It has been a great battle against Albert. I knew that it was going to be a great match, tough match. We fought until the last point. I’m so happy with the performance today.”
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For much of the match, Alcaraz was frustrated by his 34-year-old left-handed opponent and struggled to find solutions, which has been a rarity this season.
The 19-year-old converted just seven of his 31 break points, putting him in a deep hole.
But while Alcaraz earned his first 29 wins of the year through astonishing skill, he claimed his 30th through sheer will.
The teen triumphed after four hours and 34 minutes to earn a clash against American Sebastian Korda.
Alexander Zverev back from the brink
Fired up 🔥🦁 @AlexZverev comes back from two sets down and saves a match point to claim his spot in the third round.
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Alexander Zverev’s Roland Garros hopes hung by a thread on Wednesday afternoon, but the third seed dug deep to prevail in an absorbing second-round battle against Sebastian Baez.
The third seed saved a match point when trailing 4-5, 30/40 in the fifth set against the 21-year-old Argentine Baez, but he held firm to complete a dramatic 2-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5 victory in Paris.