American youngster Jenson Brooksby saved three match points to prevail in a lung-bursting three-hour, 22-minute tussle with French wildcard Evan Furness.
The 20-year-old, who has scooped three Challenger titles already this season, posted a 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 6-4 win to earn an intriguing encounter with Australian Open semi-finalist Aslan Karatsev.
The smile from cheek to cheek said it all. Last autumn Daniel Elahi Galan ventured to the third round in Paris, making the most of his opportunity as a lucky loser.
The Colombian has truly earned his main draw spot this time at RG2021, posting a hard-fought 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-4 victory over Belgium’s Kimmer Coppejans.
“It feels really good,” said Galan, who arrived off the back of a final showing at the Heilbronn Challenger. “I’ve had to adapt here, when not playing my best I’ve found answers. You know in tennis that everything can change at any moment. I’m so happy how I kept fighting.”
The 25-year-old fell to world No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets last October, but would relish another chance to compete on the most prestigious stage.