France's Jeremy Chardy and Latvia's Ernests Gulbis put on a show in their Australian Open first-round encounter. Deposited out on Court 129 (no, not really) at the event, the two went at each other with big serves and scads of nerves for nearly five hours. Chardy ultimately prevailed, 13-11, in the fifth set as temperatures rose Down Under.
Here's a look at the match as told through the sardonic, witty, and/or truth-telling words of Twitter's tennis observers.
Gulbis-Chardy. Come for the serves. Stay five hours for the poorly executed slice backhands. 10-10.— Brodie (@MindTheRacket) January 19, 2016
Last year, Gulbis squandered 4 MP in losing to Kokkinakis. Today, has saved 5 MP. 10-all in the fifth.— Josh Meiseles (@jmeistennis) January 19, 2016
@jonscott9 O man the drama in Gulbis' match.— Jeffrey Hernaez (@JeffHernaez) January 19, 2016
The winner of the Gulbis - Chardy match will probably be like: pic.twitter.com/7V4jdZR8Rr— John (@BlueIsAColor_) January 19, 2016
And then it was over.
Chardy d. Gulbis 75 26 67 63 1311 in 4 hrs, 43 minutes. Final set was 108 minutes; Gulbis served for it at 5-4. #AusOpen— Steve Tignor (@SteveTignor) January 19, 2016
Not everyone was amused by this literally searing match.
So Gulbis-Chardy push on in 90+ F heat in an extended 5th set because... ? Time for tiebreaks at all Slams in deciding sets #AusOpen— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) January 19, 2016
Poor Gulbis does the walk through the crowd after a tough loss to Chardy. pic.twitter.com/UOvcSiPt50— Stephanie Myles (@OpenCourt) January 19, 2016
Chardy d. Gulbis on 7th match point, 13-11 in the fifth. Six matches to go for the title. #AusOpen— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) January 19, 2016
Chardy was quiet on Twitter regarding this marathon. (He hasn't posted on there since January 16.) Small matter. It's fine for him to speak softly, or at least rarely, and just keep carrying that huge stick. He gets Andrey Kuznetsov in Round 2.
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