“I will never forget this day!”
That says Yannick Hanfmann (31), who was in the 2nd round of the French Open stands – after an amazing duel that lasted 4:56 hours. Then the Karlsruher had defeated the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 6: 3, 7: 5, 6: 7, 6: 7, 6: 4 and spoiled his 29th birthday on Wednesday.
“Relief, joy, just done! I always believed in it! Such a match is never over before the last ball is played. I’m currently riding a small wave,” said Hanfmann on Wednesday night in Paris after surviving the first round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.
As a lucky loser, who was actually eliminated in the qualification, the Badener, who is hard of hearing from birth, moved into the main field. He used this opportunity impressively and now meets Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo (24), number 23 in the world, on Thursday.
On the small square 8 of the facility Roland Garros Hanfmann had to fight number 98. The many German fans celebrated him loudly for almost five hours. The game also went his way quickly. After winning the first two sets, victory seemed just a matter of form.
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