Former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka blew three match points in a dramatic finale to exit this years’ tournament, losing to Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6 (11/9).
After fighting back from two sets down, Wawrinka struggled to keep momentum as Hungarian Fucsovics won the four-hour, five-set match.
It was his second five-setter this week, having beaten Marc Polmans on Monday in similar style.
Fucsovics collapsed on the court after victory and later conceded he felt like dying.
“Right now I feel like I’m dying, I’m really tired,” Fucsovics said.
“It was a long match. I knew he was going to come back, he’s a strong player physically and mentally.”
In the fifth set, Fucsovics broke Wawrinka’s serve at 4-3, but Wawrinka fought back as the match went to a tiebreak.
Wawrinka jumped to a 6-1 lead and had three match points at 9-6 but then lost all three as Fucsovics won his only match point.
Fucsovics will play either Canadian 14th seed Milos Raonic or France’s Corentin Moutet in the next round.