PARIS -- On his 13th try, Australia's Marinko Matosevic finally won a Grand Slam match, defeating Dustin Brown 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-7 (1), 7-5 in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday. The 66th-ranked Matosevic, who turned pro in 2003, failed to qualify for nine majors, and then compiled an 0-12 main-draw record.
"Obviously, it played on my mind," Matosevic said, referring to the winless streak at the four Slams. "Not during the tour events, but when I came to a Slam I definitely thought about them. You guys write about it, other players know about it, so, yeah, it was tough."
You can imagine his relief when he reeled off the final six games to come back from 1-5 down in the fourth set to seal the win. So how do you celebrate getting that gorilla off your back? By stopping, dropping and rolling.
"I thought about it, but I was pretty spontaneous, really," Matosevic said when asked if his celebration was planned. "Yeah, maybe a little bit over the top, but just huge relief."
Matosevic will play Andy Murray in the second round.