Italian qualifier Andrea Vavassori saved five match points to knock out Serb 31st seed Miomir Kecmanovic in a five-hour 10-minute French Open epic on Tuesday.
Vavassori hit a colossal 106 winners in his 5-7, 2-6, 7-6(8), 7-6(3), 7-6(9) first round win.
Ranked 148 in the world, the 28-year-old from Turin is making his Roland Garros debut this year.
He goes on to face Argentinian qualifier Genaro Olivieri, ranked 231, who defeated France’s Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard 7-6(3), 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
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