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A 3-Hour Marathon To Start The Year! Giron Survives Gasquet In Adelaide

McDonald also advances to the second round
January 01, 2023
Marcos Giron needs two hours and 57 minutes to defeat Richard Gasquet on Sunday in Adelaide.
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Marcos Giron needs two hours and 57 minutes to defeat Richard Gasquet on Sunday in Adelaide. By ATP Staff

It did not take long for the action at the Adelaide International 1 to fire up. Marcos Giron saved two match points in a two-hour, 57-minute epic on Sunday to reach the second round at the ATP 250.

Giron clawed past former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 7-5 to triumph in his first match of the year. The American saved two of the three break points he faced to advance.

"That was a battle. That's one way to start the year. I would have liked to have won in straights, I was up a mini break there in the second," Giron said. "But Richard is a phenomenal player. He's a great player, so the match is never over until it's over. He had match points in the third. I was just happy I was able to give myself a chance to get the win.

"I've been working hard in December, so it was a battle, but I'm looking forward to keep moving forward."

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Gasquet served for the match at 5-3 in the decider and led 40/15, but he missed a forehand drop shot into the net and then missed his trademark one-handed backhand wide to let slip his opportunities. The 29-year-old Giron will next face second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime or Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin.

Giron's countryman and another former college tennis player at UCLA, Mackenzie McDonald also moved into the second round. McDonald led Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan 6-3 when Galan retired due to an abdominal injury.

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