Already a fan favourite at the Australian Open, 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga further endeared himself to the Melbourne public following his titanic five-settle battle with teenage sensation Denis Shapovalov.
Charismatic Frenchman Tsonga faced a second-round exit at Melbourne Park, having found himself 4-1 and 5-2 down in the fifth and final set against his talented 18-year-old opponent on Margaret Court Arena.
Shapovalov, regarded as one of the best up-and-coming players on the ATP World Tour, upstaged Tsonga in straight sets at the US Open last year.
But 15th seed Tsonga - who dazzled the crowd with a number of shots for the highlight reel, including an audacious tweener - won the final five games to advance to the third round 3-6 6-3 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 on Wednesday.
A quarter-finalist last year, Tsonga will face either Nick Kyrgios or Viktor Troicki in the next round following the three-hour, 37-minute epic.
"It's not easy playing against those young guns... they go for everything."
It took everything he had but @tsonga7 is through to 3R - plays winner of Kyrgios vs Troicki.#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/g7yQBot1DS
-- #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 17, 2018