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'That match was a tribute to tennis,' says former Roland Garros finalist of five-hour epic

"One of the most emotional matches I can remember in a long time, especially here on the clay of Roland Garros..."
Diego Schwartzman at Roland Garros

Former two-time Roland Garros finalist Alex Corretja has called the epic 5 set thriller between Diego Schwartzman and Dominic Thiem a "tribute to tennis".

The match, which went on for over 5 hours, saw the players go head to head in a physical battle involving three tie-breaks, numerous service breaks and possibly the best shot of the tournament by Dominic Thiem.

It was the young Argentinian Schwartzman who came out on top though, surprising many of the pundits who had tipped Thiem to take this years title winning 7-6,5-7,6-7,7-6,6-2.

And while tennis fans are already calling this the match of the tournament, Eurosportexpert Alex Corretja agrees:  "I think this is a tribute to tennis, it is one of the most emotional matches I can remember in a long time, especially here on the clay of Roland Garros.

"The match had everything, of course it was difficult for both of them to serve it out. What I was most enthusiastic about though was that they kept fighting, they kept trying to find solutions despite the windy conditions and heavy balls. It had everything.

"I have to say that Thiem looked very tired from the beginning of the match – I think the match the other day against Gaston, he played such a great match, such a long match that he didn’t recover perfectly.

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"I think Schwartzman played the better match tactically. They played backhand to backhand which favoured the Argentinian and I was a little surprised that Thiem didn’t open the court a little more to the forehand side. I knew his legs were probably a little bit heavy.

"They won’t be playing until Friday – so that’s around 70 hours of so to recover – which is good news for Schwartzman. We have been mentioning about Schwartzman’s tactics, but how much does he work physically to get to this point.

"After five hours, he was still running, still hitting the ball. We have to give him all the credit. He probably served one ace all match, he hung in there against Dominic Thiem and played long rallies.

"I’m so proud of what they both did. I saw Thiem as a potential winner of the tournament, but it showed that tennis is very difficult to predict."

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