Who is Jurgen Zopp? The Estonian is a lucky loser at Roland Garros that has found himself in the third round.
The 30-year-old was one of eight men benefitting from the new first-round retirement rule at Grand Slams, which fines players up to their first-round prize money amount ($49,240 in Paris) if they retire or don't put in their best effort. Zopp had lost in the final round of qualifying to Denis Kudla, 6-2, 6-1.
Going into his first-round match against No. 14 seed Jack Sock, Zopp had just nine ATP-level wins under his belt. Despite that, and despite going down 1-4 in the fourth-set tiebreak, Zopp prevailed, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
The match had its fair share of drama, and the world No. 136-ranked Zopp celebrated like he had won Roland Garros.
He then went on to win the battle of the lucky losers over Ruben Bemelmans, again in a thrilling five-setter, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Zopp is the first Estonian player to reach the third round of a Grand Slam.
#DontZoppBelievin— Wilfy (@whitelinefervor) May 31, 2018
After taking out Jack Sock in the first round, lucky loser Jurgen Zopp's dream run continues as he comes back from two sets down to defeat Ruben Bemelmans 46 46 64 63 64! pic.twitter.com/UFOIC6MAWc
While Zopp may be new to Grand Slam success he has won 14 ITF Futures titles and three ATP Challenger crowns during his career. He reached his career-high ranking of No. 71 in 2012. With his run so far this week, Zopp earns $152,000, eclipsing his 2018 prize money total of $33,000 going into Paris.
Zopp has a reasonable shot of doing even better when he faces No. 70-ranked Maximilian Marterer for a spot in the round of 16.
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