Fourth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas got off to a rocky start at this year's French Open, finding himself two sets down before asserting control and eventually wrapping up a 5-7, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory in the wee hours of Wednesday over Lorenzo Musetti to advance to the second round.

Tuesday's featured night match was one of the most entertaining contests of the first round, with both players showcasing their stylish one-handed backhands and also regularly interrupting the baseline rallies with drop shots.

The Greek star, who was last year's Roland Garros runner-up, came into this year's clay-court Grand Slam full of confidence after winning the Monte-Carlo Masters and reaching the Italian Open final.

But he found himself a set down due to his Italian opponent's superior play on the big points and then faced a 4-0 deficit in the second set.

At that juncture of the match, the big-serving Greek had already had his serve broken on four occasions.