BREAKING: History Created at French Open 2020 After Six Hour Marathon

Published 09/28/2020, 4:02 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – September 28, 2020 France’s Gael Monfils in action during his first round match against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik REUTERS/Charles Platiau


Corentin Moutet and Lorenzo Giustino faced each other in Round 1 of the French Open 2020. While many expected it to be an ordinary match, it turned out to be a historic game.

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The match lasted for 6 hours and 5 minutes, making it the second-longest match in the history of Roland Garros. Additionally, it was the fourth-longest match in the history of Grand Slams.

In a match that saw a total of 459 points won by both the players collectively, Guistino defeated the Frenchman 0-6, 7-6, 7-6, 2-6, and 18-16.  It was also the first Grand Slam win for the Italian player Guistino.

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Record Fifth-set scoreline makes French Open history

The fifth set scoreline was 18-16, a record for French Open’s red clay. It was almost as if nobody will give up at any point. Surprisingly, Giustino won only 34 games as compared to Moutet’s 40 but still ended on the winning side.

Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement held the earlier record, with the fifth set scoreline being 16-14. The match between the two lasted for 6 hours and 33 minutes, the longest match so far in the French Open’s history which Santoro won 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, and 16-14.

Who could have possibly thought that after losing the first set 0-6, the Italian player would make such an impossible-looking comeback! In the end, Giustino not only turned the tables but also registered his name in history. Playing 6 hours is not a joke, requiring a lot of sweat and determination.

Lorenzo Giustino will next face the new sensation, Diego Schwartzman, who recently defeated World No.2 Rafael Nadal on clay. The Argentine even reached the finals of the Italian Open 2020 but lost to World No.1 Novak Djokovic.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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