German Jan-Lennard Struff avoided his 18th first-round loss at a Grand Slam with Tuesday’s 6-3, 7-6(6), 4-6, 3-6, 6-4 upset of seventh seed Andrey Rublev at the French Open.

The 42nd-ranked Struff worked for nearly four hours to defeat the Russian who reached the quarter-finals here at October’s delayed 2020 edition.

Struff rained down 25 aces against a player who won the Paris juniors seven years ago; Rublev answered with 13 of his own but could not hold off the challenger.

Struff reached the fourth round at the event in 2019, his best career showing at a major.

Main photo:- Jan Lennard Struff beating No. 7 seed Andrey Rublev by Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

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