Altmaier wins french open epic

The Philippine Star
Altmaier wins french open epic
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Paris  – Germany’s Daniel Altmaier won the fifth longest ever French Open match on Thursday as 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva made the last 32, providing a tantalizing glimpse into the sport’s future.

Altmaier saved two match points and then held his nerve on a fifth match point of his own to knock out Italian eighth seed Jannik Sinner 6-7 (0/7), 7-6 (9/7), 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 after five hours and 26 minutes of breathless action on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

“I just love the game of tennis,” said Altmaier, ranked 79 in the world who broke down in tears at the end of the marathon.

The longest ever match remains the six hours and 33 minutes it took Fabrice Santoro to beat fellow Frenchman Arnaud Clement in 2004.

“I don’t know if you can call it a historical match, but it was one to remember. Playing every point you can with the best effort, that’s what keeps you in reality.”

Andreeva became just the seventh player under the age of 17 to make the third round in Paris in 30 years – joining the likes of Serena Williams and Martina Hingis – with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Diane Parry of France.

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