Zverev returns from brink to beat Griekspoor and reach French Open last-16

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev came back from a double break down in the final set to claim a five-set thriller with the 26th seed Tallon Griekspoor.

The 27-year-old Geman took the third round epic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 after four hours and 14 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier.

"It was an incredible match," Zverev told the on-court interviewer Fabrice Santoro.

"He's unbelievably dangerous and I've always struggled when I've played him.

"Credit to him for taking it all the way."

Zverev had won four of their five previous meetings, but it was the 25-year-old Dutchman who drew first blood in their first clash on clay.

But Zverev, flushed from taking out the 14-time champion Rafael Nadal in the first round and the former top-10 player David Goffin in the second round without dropping a set, appeared to restore logic when he pocketed the second and third sets.


After going a break down early in the fourth, he squandered several presentable chances to regain parity. Griekspoor, aiming to reach the last-16 at one of the four Grand Slam tournaments for the first time, rode his good fortune to level the match at two sets apiece.

And he struck swiftly in the fifth with the first break of serve. Zverev had two chances to get back to 1-1 but fluffed them both. And his mood darkened further when Griekspoor teased him with slices and spins to force the double break and a 4-1 lead.

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