Germany’s Simon Rösner is through to the quarter finals of the Open de France – Nantes 2019 presented by Tailor Capital after beating Borja Golan in a marathon three-game match.
The pair battled it out for 70 minutes on court at the Chateau des ducs de Bretagne, with the German eventually coming out on top after winning a third game tie-break.
The ‘Three Chopper’ had taken the first game very easily, only allowing Golan to score two points, but the second was very different, with the Spaniard fighting back.
The second game itself took over half an hour, with Golan eventually succeeded in it 18-16. The third also went to a tie-break, after Rösner had taken a three-minute self inflicted injury break with the score at 11-11.
The German battled through the pain to take the next two points to win the match, setting up a clash with three-time winner in Nantes, and home favourite, Gregoire Marche on Wednesday evening.
“I was prepared for him to make the match slower, because when we played in Chicago that was what he did. I had to adapt quickly during the first game,” Rösner admitted.
“I lost my focus midway through the second game, and I am a bit disappointed because of that, but overall I am happy to through in three.
“I love the fact that there is such a good crowd and this is only the first match. You only get this at a few tournament throughout the year so it is very impressive.”
Result – Men’s Second Round: Open de France – Nantes
 Simon Rosner (GER) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 2-1: 11-2, 16-18, 13-11 (70m)