newyorker.com – The tennis player Mathias Bourgue, a twenty-two-year-old Frenchman, is ranked No. 164 in the world. Until today, in the second round of the French Open, he had never played a five-set match. He had never played anyone inside the top fifty. Until he beat Jordi Samper-Montaña, a Spanish qualifier, in his first-round match—it took him nearly three and a half hours—he had never played in a major.
In the second round, Bourgue played Andy Murray, the second-best player in the world. Murray, a Scotsman, is a two-time Grand Slam champion and the winner of the most recent big clay-court title, which he won by defeating Novak Djokovic in the final. But Bourgue is French, and Murray is a walking existential crisis, and so there was a crazy match.
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