US Open finalist Alexander Zverev struggled with his game before finally ending a struggle with Pierre-Hugues Herbert 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 to escape the second round of the French Open on Wednesday.

The German sixth seed duplicated a win over the ATP No. 78 from Roland Garros four years ago, which Zverev won in four sets.

The 2020 second-round clash which stretched well into the Paris night featured 10 aces from the seed who saved seven of 14 break points while breaking his opponent six times.

The win puts Zverev into a third-round clash with Mharco Cecchinato, who defeated Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

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