Australian Open 2021 - Stan Wawrinka falls to fearless Marton Fucsovics in five-set thriller
Hungarian Marton Fucsovics came through a five-set thriller against Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday, defeating the three-time Grand Slam champion 7-5 6-1 4-6 2-6 7-6(9) to reach the third round of the Australian Open. "Right now, I feel like I'm dying," said world number 55 Fucsovics, who also needed five sets to beat Marc Polmans.
Marton Fucsovics of Hungary celebrates winning match point in his Men's Singles second round match against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during day three of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park
Wawrinka suffers incredible collapse to lose fifth-set tie-break from 8-4 up
Fucsovics recovered in the final set and appeared to have secured a hard-fought win when he took a 5-3 lead but Wawrinka found another gear to draw level at 5-5 before forcing a final set tiebreaker.
Wawrinka, the 2014 winner at Melbourne Park, raced to 6-1 lead and gave himself three match points but Fucsovics clawed back with some fearless hitting to draw level at 9-9 and went on to seal victory in just under four hours on the John Cain Arena court.
Highlights: Fucsovics beats Wawrinka after epic fifth set tie-break
"Right now, I feel like I'm dying," said world number 55 Fucsovics, who also needed five sets to beat Marc Polmans in the opening round.
"I've played two five setters and it's really hot. I knew he would come back, he's very strong mentally and physically. But I was very strong mentally and that was the most important thing."