Federer trying the (almost) impossible

Roger Federer had to play 5 sets in his first round match against Tiafoe, as well as in his 2nd round vs Youzhny. Players usually don’t win Grand Slams having played two five setters in the first two rounds.

Can you guess who was the last who was able to do this?

Well, it was way back in 2004, Paris. Gaston Gaudio won the 1st (vs Guillermo Canas, 6-2 2-6 4-6 6-3 6-2) and 2nd round (vs Jiri Novak, 2-6 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-3) in 5 and then went on to win Roland Garros.

Before, in the AO 1996, Boris Becker defeated Rusedski and Johansson in 5 in round 1 and 2 to claim the Australian Open title in in end.

This is not too frequent…

Can Federer reproduce this feat?