Bosnian tennis player Damir Dzumhur defeated world No. 44 Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in five sets to advance to the second round of Australian Open.
Only five days after he had to withdraw from the ATP 250 series tournament in Sydney due to an aggravated old hamstring injury, Dzumhur was forced to stay on court for almost four hours to make it through round one at the first Grand Slam tournament of the season.
The 28th seed found himself two sets down after struggling to find his rhythm early in the match.
37-year-old Italian took advantage of Dzumhur’s 23 unforced errors to win the first two sets 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 14 minutes.
Dzumhur responded by winning the third set in tie-break, and then breaking his opponent’s serve three times in the fourth set to tie the match at two sets apiece.
Both players held on to their serves until the ninth game of the fifth set, when Dzumhur converted his second break point of the set to come within one game of winning the match.
The world No. 30 then easily held his serve to book a second-round clash with Australian John Millman.
29-year-old Millman, currently the world No. 122, defeated Borna Coric of Croatia in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4 and 6-1.
Dzumhur and Millman have played once before, last year at the ATP World Tour 250 series tournament in Shenzhen, and Dzumhur won 6-4, 7-5.
If he manages to do the same again, Dzumhur’s likely opponent in the third round of Australian Open is world No. 1 and Australian Open 2009 champion, Rafael Nadal.