Qualifier Facundo Bagnis beats Julien Benneteau 18-16 in the 5th set of a record marathon battle


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Qualifier Facundo Bagnis beats Julien Benneteau 18-16 in the 5th set of a record marathon battle

Tennis: Argentina's qualifier Facundo Bagnis made his Grand Slam debut in one of the most thrilling battles, as he outlasted French veteran Julien Benneteau in 5 sets marathon match. Fifth set alone lasted for 34 games as Bagnis won it 18-16 in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

The first four sets lasted 2 hours and 3 minutes combined. The Argentinian won first two sets 6-1, 6-2 in just an hour against 33-year-old Benneteau, who was making his 13th appearance in Paris. The Frenchman who reached the Quarter-finals in 2006, 8 years ago, won next two sets 6-1, 6-3 in 1 hour and 3 minutes to level it at two sets a piece.

That was followed by a gigantic fifth set, in which Bagnis had to save some match points, before he notched his memorable first win at Grand Slam level winning 18-16. This tied the record for longest fifth set at the French Open for number of games.