Five set victories for Dimitrov, Zverev and Nishikori

There were plenty of long matches played in the Men’s draw of the French Open in Paris today.

The fourth seed, Grigor Dimitrov found himself in a “royal battle” when he managed to survive a tough five set match against the unseeded Jared Donaldson of the USA.

Dimitrov needed 4h19 to advance with a 6-7(2) 6-4 4-6 6-4 10-8 win to set up a third round clash against the Spanish player, Fernando Verdasco, who defeated Guido Andreozzi of Argentina, 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Sascha Zverev, the second seed from Germany, also needed five sets to see off Dusan Lajović of Serbia, 2-6 7-5 4-6 6-1 6-2.

Next up for Zverev will be the Bosnian player, Damir Dzumhur, who defeated Radu Albot from Moldova, 6-3 6-3 5-7 1-6 7-5.

Kei Nishikori was also pushed to the limits by the Frenchman, Benoit Paire during their 2h59 match on Court Philippe Chatrier. 

Despite serving up 14 aces, it was the 63 unforced errors and 13 double faults that eventually unravelled the Frenchman as he went down to Nishikori, 6-3 2-6 4-6 6-2 6-3. 

Nishikori will now face his third French opponent in this year’s tournament when he takes on Gilles Simon in the third round. Simon upset the twelfth seed, Sam Querrey from the USA, 1-6 7-6(7) 6-4 6-1. 

Novak Djokovic, Lucas Pouille, Gael Monfils and David Goffin also notched up wins today.