Tennis: Zverev beats Brooksby in Mexico in latest-ever finish to professional match

German Alexander Zverev returning to American Jenson Brooksby in their Mexican Open last-32 match in Acapulco that ended at 4.54am on Feb 22, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

ACAPULCO, MEXICO (AFP) - Alexander Zverev edged to victory over Jenson Brooksby in Acapulco early on Tuesday (Feb 22) morning in the latest-ever finish to a professional tennis match.

The Olympic champion saved two match points before completing a 3-6, 7-6 (12-10), 6-2 win at 4.54am (6.54pm Singapore time).

The first-round tie at the ATP event lasted three hours and 19 minutes, the third match of Monday's schedule to pass the three-hour mark.

The previous latest finish was a 2008 Australian Open match between Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis that concluded at 4.34 am.

Zverev and Brooksby were still playing when a doubles match, scheduled for Tuesday, had already finished in Dubai, which is 10 hours ahead of Acapulco.

"Right now, I'm happy that I won," said defending champion Zverev. "I don't know how Jenson feels, but it must be difficult.

"I'm happy to be a part of history. It was an incredible battle, I think it was an incredible match, and hopefully (there are) many more to come from me this week."

American Brooksby took the opening set but saw two match points come and go in the second-set tiebreak.

Zverev eventually forced a decider on his fifth set point, winning a set that took 111 minutes.

Despite appearing to suffer from cramp, the German world No. 3 managed to find two breaks of serve in the third set.

He will face his compatriot Peter Gojowczyk in the last 16.

Later on Tuesday, Rafael Nadal will play for the first time since his record-breaking Australian Open triumph when he takes on Denis Kudla.

Daniil Medvedev, chasing Novak Djokovic's world No. 1 spot, faces Benoit Paire.

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