Dudi Sela advanced to the second round of the Australian Open for the first time since 2009 on Monday, edging Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in a fiveset thriller in Melbourne.
Sela, ranked No. 106 in the world, got off to a promising start after taking the first set, but found himself in trouble after dropping the next two. However, he bounced back to send the match to a decider and wrapped up a 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over Struff (57) in three hours and 28 minutes.
The 29-year-old Israeli surprisingly chose not to play any warm-up events ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam event, and his decision was made to look good on Monday.