Alexander Zverev admitted he was well short of his best as he beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the French Open, but he was happy to find a way to win.
Zverev is becoming known for slow starts and five-set epics at Grand Slams, and he was made to work immensely hard by the Frenchman on Wednesday.
Herbert dominated the first set and then stood firm when Zverev had the momentum in the fourth too, but it was the German who chiselled out a result.
"Today I was not the better player on court," Zverev admitted.
“You know, sometimes I just feel like I find a way, like today.
“I was not doing anything better than he did. But I found a way, which was the most important.
"But, yeah, I think I lost the most important five-setter in my career so far (The US Open final last month), which is upsetting but it’s okay.”
Zverev has now won all six of his matches that have gone to a fifth set at the French Open.
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