on the edge of the abyss, they snatch their qualification in five sets

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While the main favorites, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the lead, have quietly ensured their qualification for the second round of Roland Garros, several outsiders entered the running on Tuesday. This was particularly the case of’Andrey Rublev, promising 12th worldwide. Opposed to the American veteran Sam Querrey, the Russian suffered enormously, even conceding the first two sets after particularly indecisive tie-breaks. Back to the wall, Rublev finally found the mental resources to overcome the pitfall Querrey in over three hours and five grueling sets (6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3).

The chorus was much the same for Stefanos Tsitsipas. 6th in the world and legitimate outsider with a place of honor in this tournament, the Greek came close to the correctional system against the clay court specialist, Jaume Munar. Like Rublev, Tsitsipas was led two ends to nothing, conceding two very dry sets in less than 1.5 hours. But like Rublev, he woke up and slowly took over the Spaniard, slaying Munar in five sets at the end of the effort, 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

The two players, pushed to their limits and who came close to eliminating much too early, will certainly have to show another face in the second round.

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