On a day of upsets and pleasant surprises in Paris, little did anyone know that history was in the making by Corentin Moutet and Lorenzo Giustino on Court 14 at the French Open 2020. With a dramatic scoreline of 6-0, 6-7(9), 6-7(7), 6-2, 16-18, the French Open ground was home to the second-longest match since Roland Garros’ inception.
Giustino, who was a qualifier, earned his first victory in a Grand Slam. He made a great comeback after losing the first set 6-0. Italy’s Giustino ultimately triumphed over the Frenchman after winning the 5th set, which lasted for a record-3 hours.
This match lasted for 6 hours and 5 minutes and is now the 4th longest Grand Slam match.
Record created for most number of games played in a set
This six-hour marathon came about, courtesy of the gentlemen, Corentin Moutet and Lorenzo Giustino who just duked it out for 5 incredible sets in the first round of the clay-court tournament. The fifth set scoreline was a record-breaking 18-16 and lasted for 3 hours. The players were determined to fight for each point and evidently, didn’t think of giving up for a single moment.
The earlier record for the most number of games played in a set was held by Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement with the fifth-set scoreline being 16-14. The match between the two lasted for 6 hours and 33 minutes which is also the longest match in the French Open’s history. In this match, Santoro won over Clement with 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, and 16-14.
Even though Giustino emerged victorious and will be advancing to the 2nd round, the names of both, Moutet and himself have been etched in French Open history.