Stockport Express

Broady toasts best ever win

- TENNIS SPENCER VIGNES

LIAM Broady has hailed his victory over Marinko Matosevic in the first round of the Wimbledon men’s singles as “the best win of my career, by far.”

The 21-year-old from Stockport fought back from two sets down against the vastly more experience­d Australian to win 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-3 on Court 18 in front of an ecstatic crowd which the umpire struggled at times to keep quiet.

Broady reached the final at Junior Wimbledon in 2011 but it’s only during the past 12 months that he has begun to realise his early potential on the main tour, the All England Club duly rewarding him with a wildcard into this year’s tournament.

And make the most of it he certainly did.

As Matosevic’s final volley landed out Broady threw his racket into the air, pumped his chest with his fists and then embraced coach Mark Hilton, the former Cheshire player, before raising both arms to the crowd who had stayed with him throughout a titanic battle lasting almost three-anda-quarter hours.

“It’s the best win I’ve ever had because I’ve been working hard lately but haven’t had many wins in the matches running up to this, which makes this one even sweeter,” Broady said.

“Five-set matches are something of a new experience for me, that’s for sure. But I’ve played longer three-set matches than that so I was always confident that I’d last the distance.

“Now I can say ‘I’ve played a five-set match and I came from two sets down’. That’s important mentally as well as physically.

“Hopefully I can now hit a run of form at just the right time.”

Broady lasted the distance but he did cramp up after the match and required some minor treatment.

“At the time I would have loved to have played a few more sets in front of that crowd who were amazing, but I came off court, started stretching, started to cramp a little, and got a massage,” he said. “I’m feeling great now though.”

 ?? Adam Davy ?? Liam celebrates victory over Marinko Matosevic during day one of the Wimbledon Championsh­ips
Adam Davy Liam celebrates victory over Marinko Matosevic during day one of the Wimbledon Championsh­ips

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