VIDEO: Why Yoshihito Nishioka got hug from Fernando Verdasco, standing ovation from crowd

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Monday, May 28th, 2018 | 0

They slugged it out in the middle for four hours and 22 minutes. No wonder, they got a deserving send off.

Spain’s Fernando Verdasco prevailed 6-7 6-4 6-3 6-7 7-5 over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in a marathon first-round match at the French Open on Sunday.

At the end of the match, Verdasco showed great sportsmanship as he went up to Nishioka to embrace him.

The crowd, too, showed their respect by giving a standing ovation to the duo.

Notably, Nishioka, who was playing just his third career five-setter, had never previously lost in five sets.

Verdasco, meanwhile, was battling out in the fifth set for 45th time.

The Spanish ace will hope to recover in time ahead of his second-round encounter against Guido Andreozzi of Argentina on Tuesday.

Andreozzi pulled off an upset of sorts by dumping American youngster Taylor Fritz 6-7 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-3 in the first round.

 

 

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