German qualifier Daniel Altmaier sprang the surprise of the week on seventh  seed Matteo Berrettini as he stunned the Italian 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-4 on Saturday for a place in the French Open fourth round.

The No. 186 had never beaten anyone from the ranking Top 50 before his knockout of Berrettini.

It is the first time since 1998 that multiple men’s qualifiers – Sebastian Korda of the US did it on Friday – have reached the last 16 at Roland Garros.  

Altmaier was not even ranked two seasons ago.

Berrettini had a 10-2 win-loss record against qualifiers over his career prior to running into Altmaier.

Matteo Berrettini. Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd/Alamy Live News

His worst loss numerically was at Beijing last autumn when he lost to former No. 1 Andy Murray, ranked 503 at the time due to his hip surgery comeback.

Altmaier needed just 31 minutes to win the opening set and doubled up on his success by taking the second by coming back from a break for 5-all and winning a tiebreaker. 

The German secured his biggest victory a set later on a first match point.

It is the first time since 1998 that multiple men’s qualifiers – Sebastian Korda of the US did it on Friday – have reached the last 16 at Roland Garros.  

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