Giustino and Frenchman Corentin Moutet had already played for three hours before starting the deciding set. That jump-off also took another three hours: 0-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3), 2-6, 18-16. Interesting detail: the winner scored far fewer points than the loser (217 to 242). This is not a record at Roland Garros, because in 2004 Fabrice Santoro and Arnoud Clément already took six hours and 33 minutes to complete their match. The absolute record in professional tennis was set at Wimbledon in 2010 by John Isner and Nicolas Mahut: eleven hours and five minutes,
Roland Garros is the only grand slam tournament in which no tiebreaker is played in the decisive set “I no longer feel my body”, a disappointed Moutet responded. “I’m completely exhausted.” 29-year-old Giustin was a bit fresher: “I feel perfect! Tomorrow I will go for a walk, because I still feel too fresh. ”
Diego Schwartzman, another strong opponent for Giustino, awaits in the second round.
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