The Italian defeated the Frenchman after six hours and five minutes, and this Wednesday he will face Diego Schwartzman in the second round.
Juan Ignacio Londero and Federico Delbonis had remained in the history of Roland Garros because on Sunday they played almost five hours in the seventh longest match in the history of the French Grand Slam. But now it’s the eighth. Is that the surprise came this Monday in the duel that the Italian Lorenzo Giustino he beat the french Corentin Moutet by 0-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3), 2-6 and 18-16 in 6 hours and 5 minutes. It was the second longest match in tournament history.
The championship regulations mark that the fifth set, without tie break, is defined by a difference of two games.
He longest match of which there is a record at Roland Garros was the one that the French Fabrice Santoro he beat his compatriot Arnaud Clement in the first round of 2004 by 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 3-6 and 16-14.
The two Gauls played for six hours and 33 minutes, over two days, because the lack of natural light forced the match to be suspended on Monday, with the score tied 5-5 in the fifth quarter, and completed on Tuesday.
“This morning I strung only two rackets, made a liter of drink and thought: ‘Ok, maybe we’ll play about 15 minutes, half an hour‘. And we played for two hours, “Santoro said.
That meeting was for years the longest in tennis history, until John Isner and Nicolas Mahut they disputed that incredible match at Wimbledon on June 22-24, 2010, which lasted 11 hours, 6 minutes and 23 seconds and ended with a 70-68 victory for the American in the fifth set.
On the brick dust of Paris, now the third longest duel is the one that the local Paul-Henri Mathieu beat Isner in the 2012 second round in five hours and 41 minutes by 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6 and 18-16.
Followed by the victory of the Spanish Alex Strap against the Argentine Hernán Gumy by 6-1, 5-7, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 and 9-7, for the third round of 1998, after 5 hours and 31 minutes; and the celebration of the Swiss Stan Wawrinka against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas by 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6 and 8-6 in the round of 16 last year, after 5 hours and nine minutes.
Then another duel with an Argentine protagonist appears. In sixth place is the triumph of Guillermo Cañas against Mathieu 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-7 (5-7) and 8-6 in the third round of 2005, after 5 hours and four minutes. And in the seventh, that of the Slovak Lukas Lacko before the american So Michael in the 2010 debut, which lasted four hours and 56 minutes.