Tennis: Tennis-Tsitsipas survives tough Kolar test to move into third round

PARIS (Reuters) – Stefanos Tsitsipas was once more made to work onerous for victory, the Greek fourth seed overcoming Czech qualifier Zdenek Kolar 6-3 7-6(8) 6-7(3) 7-6(7) in a marathon match on Thursday to move into the French Open third round.

Two days after the 23-year-old Tsitsipas got here from two units down to beat Italian Lorenzo Musetti on the claycourt Grand Slam, there was one other nail-biter for the 2021 finalist.

The match appeared headed for a deciding set when Tsitsipas discovered himself down 4 set factors within the tiebreaker however the Greek discovered a means to save all of them earlier than changing his second match level after 4 hours and 6 minutes.

Tsitsipas slammed his racket down in frustration after forcing an error from Kolar as the group erupted in appreciation.

“He drove me loopy. It was actually irritating,” Tsitsipas stated in his on-court interview.

“He was placing each a part of his physique behind the ball. I’d like to congratulate him for this effort.”

Kolar made his most important draw debut at Roland Garros this 12 months after dropping within the qualifiers the final 4 occasions and pulled off his first tour-level victory over Frenchman Lucas Pouille within the opening round.

In his first conflict with Kolar, Tsitsipas made a powerful begin on Court Suzanne Lenglen to bag the opening set in 35 minutes however he was quickly compelled to play catchup with the 134th-ranked Czech racing to a 4-1 lead within the second.

But the Greek, who gained the primary two units of the 2021 French Open ultimate earlier than taking place to world primary Novak Djokovic, went up a gear to stage earlier than taking the second set after an extended tiebreaker.

The 25-year-old Kolar confirmed huge coronary heart and with vocal help from the group supporting the underdog, he stayed in contact with Tsitsipas within the third set and dominated the tiebreaker to drive a fourth.

After buying and selling service breaks by the set, Kolar was some extent away from forcing a fifth however was unable to convert his probabilities within the tiebreaker.

Tsitsipas will meet Ninety fifth-ranked Mikael Ymer of Sweden for a spot within the fourth round.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly, further reporting bu Julien Pretot; enhancing by Ed Osmond)

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