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con­sec­u­tive ma­jor, had lost to Zverev in the first round on clay in Madrid ear­lier this year.

But he is an ex­pe­ri­enced Grand Slam com­peti­tor, mak­ing the last 16 in Paris on four oc­ca­sions.

“I prac­tised re­ally hard be­fore this match against a great player like Alexan­der and I am su­per happy to be here on this court,” said Ver­dasco who next plays France’s Pierre-Hugues Her­bert.

“Maybe it was my ex­pe­ri­ence. You have to be ready emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally be­cause it can be a long match.”

Third seed and 2015 cham­pion Stan Wawrinka was an easy win­ner, de­feat­ing Slo­vakian qual­i­fier Jozef Ko­va­lik 6-2, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.

Juan Martin del Potro marked his re­turn to the French Open af­ter an ab­sence of five years by de­feat­ing Ar­gen­tine com­pa­triot Guido Pella 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

“I love to be play­ing this tour­na­ment again af­ter five years,” said 2009 US Open cham­pion Del Potro, who reached the quar­ter-fi­nals in his last ap­pear­ance in Paris be­fore blow­ing a two-set lead against Roger Fed­erer.

Tai­wan’s Hsieh Su Wei, the World No 109, stunned sev­enth


Hsieh Su Wei re­turns a shot against Jo­hanna Konta at Roland Gar­ros in Paris yes­ter­day.

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