Four hour struggle pays off for Massú at Roland Garros tournament

The Chilean player went on to a fifth set despite having dominated the first two against Austrian Daniel Köllerer.

25 de Mayo de 2009 | 13:03 | El Mercurio Online

SANTIAGO.- It seemed like it would be an easy match for Nicolás Massú (ATP No.120). He was comfortably on his way to a win after sealing the first two sets against Austrian player Daniel Köllerer (ATP No.81).

During the third set however, things became a little rough.  Köllerer began to break him and gain headway on the Viña del Mar native, who started performing poorly.

The scene changed so much in fact that Massú had to wait until a fifth set to close out a win in the match and secure his position in the second round of the Roland Garros tournament.

The Olympic gold medalist finally enjoyed a victory after four hours of game play with set scores of 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 2-6 and 6-3.

Massú will now face a harsh rival in the second round: Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka (ATP No.18).  The two players have already faced each other twice before at two matches in 2005, with one win for each.


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