A few hours after Dominic Thiem, world no. 6 Alexander Zverev also stood on the exit door at Roland Garros before prevailing over Oscar Otte 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 in two hours and 49 minutes on Court Suzanne-Lenglen! Alexander is now 16-7 in five-setters and 7-0 at Roland Garros, recovering his strokes after the second set to produce the second comeback from two sets to love down following the last year's US Open semi-final against Pablo Carreno Busta.
Zverev scored only one break in the opening two sets, struggling to find the rhythm and falling behind before shifting into a higher gear and dominating in the remaining sets to move over the top in under three hours after taking 11 straight games.
Alexander lost serve four times and delivered eight breaks, firing 50 winners and 32 unforced errors to leave the rival behind and advance into the second round, celebrating the 51st Major victory. Otte grabbed the first break in the sixth game with a perfect drop shot winner before Zverev pulled it back with a deep return a few minutes later.
A qualifier secured another return game at 4-3 with a half-volley winner, creating another lead and holding with a service winner in game nine for 6-3 after 32 minutes.
Alexander Zverev came from two sets to love down to beat Oscar Otte in five sets.
Oscar survived two challenging service games in set number two and secured back-to-back breaks for 6-3 and a massive advantage.
Otte forged the lead with a break at 15 in game seven, fended off a break chance in the next one and sealed the set with the second break at 5-3 following a forehand drive-volley winner after just 73 minutes. Facing the earliest Major loss since Wimbledon 2019, Zverev raised his level in set number three and scored a break at 1-1, saved a break point with a forehand winner in the next one and opened a 4-1 advantage following Otte's double fault.
Alexander closed the set with a forehand winner at 5-2 after 35 minutes, looking much better on the court and hoping for more of the same in sets four and five. Oscar struggled to make an impact behind the initial shot in set number four, dropping five straight games and standing no chance in the decider.
Zverev won a thrilling rally in the fifth point to move in front and opened a 5-2 gap when Oscar netted a forehand. The better-ranked player clinched the set in the eighth game and was a massive favorite in the decider. Carried by this momentum, Alexander lost only nine points in the final set and secured all six games to produce a bagel and move over the top in style. He broke Otte in games one, three and five and sealed the deal with a backhand winner at 5-0 to reach the second round.