DJERE WINS HISTORIC MARATHON

Laslo Djere wins the longest match in the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open history defeating no. 5 seed Paolo Lorenzi 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 in 3 hours 13 minutes to complete the semi-final line-up.

In the rematch of last year’s second round in Istanbul, it was Djere who made the better start breaking earlier in the set. World no. 76 Lorenzi broke back on the eight game for 4-all before bagging the opener 7/5 on a tie-break.

Djere, who ended his 10-match losing streak with his win against Istomin in the first round, found another early break in the second, but got broken in the following game. It was back-to-back holds until the young Serb won the set 7-5 stealing Lorenzi’s serve in the end.

The battle went on in the decider. 36-year-old Lorenzi, who notched his 100th tour-level win in the first round, made his move with a break in the seventh, but wasted this opportunity in the next game. Trailing 4-5, no. 5 seed saved two match points on his serve before levelling at 6-all.

Last year’s quarter-finalist, world no. 110 Djere played a very solid tie-break. Racing to a 4/1 lead, he didn’t allow Lorenzi for a comeback. Despite losing two consecutive points, he won three points in a row for 7/3 to close out the match in 3 hours and 13 minutes.

The late-night thriller is recorded as the longest match in the tournament history, surpassing the 2 hours and 48 match between Aljaz Bedene and Marton Fucsovics in 2017 first round and another 2 hours and 48 minutes match between Diego Schwartzman and Damir Dzumhur in 2016 quarter-final.

Moving into his second semi-final on the ATP World Tour, Djere will play Malek Jaziri while Jeremy Chardy to take on Taro Daniel in the other last four match-up.