Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov were both made to sweat for their second-round victories at Roland Garros on Wednesday.
The top-ranked duo found themselves behind on the scoreboard before mounting late comebacks to seal five-set victories.
Dimitrov’s match against American Jared Donaldson was the most dramatic, with the Bulgarian being pushed right to the brink before holding on for a 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory after nearly four and a half gruelling hours.
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While Dimitrov hit no less than 67 winners during the match, he also produced a whopping 49 unforced errors.
Donaldson, meanwhile, was able to save seven of the 13 break points against him, while converting four of the seven he earned on Dimitrov’s serve.
The fifth set went right down to the wire, with Dimitrov finally getting the break he wanted for an 8-7 lead – only to hand it straight back to Donaldson in the very next game.
Luckily for Dimitrov, he was able to snatch a second break in the very next game, and this time he held on to serve out an epic victory.
There was also one bizarre moment during the fifth set that saw Donaldson pulling out an underhand serve to finish off a game.
USA's Jared Donaldson pulls the underhand quick serve on Grigor Dimitrov to finish a game in the 5th set pic.twitter.com/IZX9T3x5eL
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Fourth seed Zverev, meanwhile, found himself two-sets-to-one down against World No 60 Dusan Lajovic but was able to take the match by the scruff of the neck in the fourth and fifth sets, dominating both to wrap up a 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory after three and a half hours.
Like Dimitrov, the German struggled with his error count at times, although he finished the match well on top of his opponent.
Next up for Zverev is 26th seed Damir Dzumhur, while Spaniard Fernando Verdasco – the 30th seed – awaits Dimitrov in the third round.
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