Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame a two-set deficit against Lorenzo Musetti to advance to the second round at Roland Garros a year after blowing a two-set lead in the final against Novak Djokovic; Karolina Pliskova, Paula Badosa and Simona Halep come through in the women’s draw
Last Updated: 25/05/22 12:25am
Last year’s French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas battled back from two sets down to defeat Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in a late-night thriller at Roland Garros.
The Greek star treated fans Court Philippe Chatrier with a marathon encounter which finished at 12.35am local time.
Tsitsipas, who blew a two-set lead in last year’s final against Novak Djokovic, came through 5-7 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-2 to reach the second round where he will play world No 134 Zdenek Kolar.
The fourth seed hit 64 winners and fired 10 aces, fighting back to beat the talented Italian on the back of a strong first serve.
“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”
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.”
Pliskova, Halep survive scares while Badosa impresses
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.