Hungarian tennis star Márton Fucsovics defeated three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka in an intense four-hour long struggle during the Australian Open’s second round.
The match kept fans at the edges of their seats throughout. Fucsovics took the first two sets 7-5 and 6-1, but Wawrinka retaliated for the third and fourth, winning them 6-4, 6-2 respectively. At the final set, both players were giving it their all. Fucsovics was in the lead at the beginning, but Wawrinka caught up, until they were forced into a final set tiebreaker at 5-5. In a final outburst of sheer willpower and skill, Fucsovics won their tiebreaker 11-9.
After the match, Fucsovics said that he gained “incredible motivation” from the Hungarians supporting him in Australia, adding to his mental and physical preparedness.
He elaborated on the physical toll the four-hour long bout had taken on him, saying:
“My 29th birthday was two days ago, but now I feel like I’m 90 years old, I’m very tired.”
Márton Fucsovics is set to face Canadian Milos Raonic in the next round of the Open on Friday. let’s hope he regains his youth by then.
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