French Open 2022: While Novak Djokovic eased into the 3rd round, World No. 3 Alexander Zverev was tested to the limits by 21-year-old Argentine Sebastian Baez.
Alexander Zverev survived a massive Sebastian Baez scare at French Open 2022 (AP Photo)
- Alexander Zverev needed 5 sets to win his 2nd-round match
- 21-year-old Baez gave Zverev a huge scare
- Djokovic stormed into the 3rd round at Roland Garros
World No. 3 Alexander Zverev survived a massive scare in the men’s singles second round at French Open 2022 on Wednesday, May 25 as he needed to save a match point against a spirited Argentine Sebastian Baez. In a match that extended 3 hours and 36 minutes, Zverev fought back from 2 sets down and held his nerves to clinch a 2-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5 victory.
It was the fifth successive year that Alexander Zverev had to go through a 5-setter in either the first or the 2nd round at the French Open. The 3rd seeded German had produced his best result at Roland Garros last year by reaching the semi-final.
It was a brave effort from Baez, ranked 36 in the men’s singles charts, as he did not go away even after Zverev forced a decider. In fact, Baez had a match point but he agonisingly fluffed it and gave Zverev the decisive break towards the end. Baez was 23-8 on clay in 2022, including a maiden ATP title in Estoril and runner-up finish in Santiago before he reached Paris.
Zverev heaped praise on Baez, saying the 21-year-old Argentine will have a bright future ahead.
“I lost a US Open final being two sets up and I’ve learned from it. He’s unbelievable and he’s got a bright future ahead of him,” Zverev said.
“I just tried to fight. You have to win these kind of matches, when you’re not playing well because you can’t always play well.”
DJOKOVIC SAILS INTO 3RD ROUND
Meanwhile, it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic as the defending champion eased into the men’s singles third round, sending a warning notice to the rest of the field.
Djokovic outclassed Slovakia’s Alex Molcan in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) on Wednesday. He will face World No. 195 Aljaz Bedene in the 3rd round later this week.