German tennis player Jan-Lennard Struff caused one of the biggest upsets of the day at the French Open on Tuesday as he stunned world No. 7 Andrey Rublev.
Struff, ranked at No. 42 in the world, edged out Rublev in five sets 6-3 7-6 (6) 4-6 3-6 6-4.
“It was definitely a very, very tough match,” said Struff, per the ATP website. “I played Andrey twice this year [at the ATP Cup and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome], lost twice in three sets, played twice a very good first set, but I couldn’t get the job done.
“Today I managed to beat him. [It] was very, very close. He fought back… [and] I’m very happy I won 6-4 in the fifth [set]. It’s a huge win for me [at] a Grand Slam against a Top 10 player.”
Struff prevented Rublev from making a big comeback
Struff got off to a good start to the match, having taken an early 3-0 lead.
Struff failed to convert any of his three consecutive set points in the eighth game but served out for the opener in the ninth game.
Struff was down by a break in the second set but he recovered to force a tie-break — which he won to take a two-set lead.
After losing the first two sets, Rublev broke Struff in the seventh game of the third set and realized his fifth set point on his serve in the 10th game to force a fourth set.
Struff led 3-2 in the fourth set after the opening five games but then Rublev claimed back-to-back breaks and won four games in a row to force a decider.
In the fifth set, Struff broke Rublev in the third game and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to clinch a five-set win.
“Of course I was thinking that I would like to come back from 0-2 [sets down],” said Rublev. “In the fifth set, I was a bit unlucky.”