German fifth-seed Alexander Zverev was made to work hard to reach the French Open second round by John Millman. He eventually won the tie in five sets with the score of7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3.
The 22-year old looked in complete control as he took a two-set lead early in the game.But the Australian, who shocked many by beating Roger Federer at last year’s US Open, refused to give up as he fought back diligently to bring the tie level.
Zverev never looked comfortable throughout the contest and was constantly frustrated, smashing his racket on the ground after losing the fourth set.He finally managed to regain his stride in the fifth and final set as he broke his opponent to seal the victory.
Zverev reached the quarter-finals of Roland Garros last year before being beaten by eventual runner-up Dominic Thiem. He has been tipped for greatness but has struggled throughout this season until winning the Geneva title on Saturday May 25th.
He is hoping to be the first German to win the French Open since Henner Henkel in 1937 and will be facing Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in the second round on Thursday May 30th.