Broady seals comeback victory

Published: Monday 29th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Liam Broady produced a remarkable fightback to boost British hopes at Wimbledon with a thrilling five-set victory over Marinko Matosevic.

Stockport’s Broady was the first Briton in action in this year’s tournament, and turned a two-set deficit on its head to set up a second-round clash with Belgium’s David Goffin.

Broady belied a poor start and a 44-place deficit in the world rankings to see off Australia’s “Mad Dog” Matosevic 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-3 for his first Wimbledon victory.

The 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray led the congratulations and plaudits for his compatriot, labelling Broady’s triumph a “big comeback win” on Twitter.

Broady was cheered on by a healthy family backing, including sister Naomi, due to face Colombia’s Mariana Duque-Marino later in the day.

The 21-year-old wasted a hatful of chances to take control of the first two sets, converting just one of eight break points – but shrugged off that early malaise to storm past the former world number 39.

The reward for that hard-fought victory is a meeting with the 16th seed and world number 15 Goffin, who made light work of a three-set victory over Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos early in Monday’s action.

Broady opened the match to the strains of “you can do it, Uncle Liam” from one of the younger members of his family supporters, only for the home hope to concede serve straight away.

Settling to his task, Broady was able to break back almost straight away, but still let Matosevic close out the set.

The second set played out in similar fashion to the first, Broady creating then blowing plenty of opportunities for dominance.

Broady converted just one of eight break points in the first two sets, a statistic underscoring Matosevic’s comfortable progress.

The hot-tempered Australian, nicknamed “Mad Dog” due to his fiery countenance, was hardly pushed en route to a 2-0 set lead, only once stopping to chide himself for being “close to playing well”.

Broady could have been forgiven for similar self-analysis, because once he found his edge and claimed a third-set foothold he turned a low-key loss into a real contest.

By the time Bosnia-born Matosevic launched his racquet into the turf in frustration, the clash was Broady’s to lose.

Broady duly served out the set 6-2, to tee up a decisive leg that, as with the rest of the contest, ebbed one way almost as quickly as it flowed the other.

Matosevic broke serve only for Broady to strike straight back, in a move that filled him with enough confidence to go the distance.

Broady pilfered another Matosevic service game to move ahead 4-3 – then never looked back, closing out victory in composed fashion.

Published: Monday 29th June 2015 by The News Editor

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