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Great Britain's Liam Broady beats Jared Donaldson from USA in 3 sets to reach the final round of Qualifying
Australian Open Tennis 2015 Thursday Qualifying and Practice Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - 15 Jan 2015
Liam Broady’s unexpected St.Petersburg run continues as he reaches Quarter-Final
The spectacular rise to impressive form rolls forward as the 23-year-old Brit Liam Broady upset the No.4 seed Adrian Mannarino at the second round of the ATP event in St.Petersburg. It is the fourth victory in a row for the Brit after coming through two difficult qualifying matches and then beating Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis in his first ever main draw win at an ATP tour event.
We often get used to players failing to back up big victories, but Broady was fairly adamant that he was going to follow a different path by beating the higher-ranked Frenchman. It looked like he was on the ropes as Mannarino broke serve twice to take the first set and eventually led by a break in the second set, but it turned into a one-sided affair when Broady immediately broke back. Broady dished up another bagel set and now looks forward to a first ever ATP quarter-final, which is something he would never have anticipated at the beginning of the week when he entered the St.Petersburg qualifying rounds.
Liam Broady [Q] vs Damir Dzumhur H2H: First meeting
Broady faces a very different opponent in the quarter-final, who has improved incredibly inside the last 2-3 seasons on the ATP tour and now is at a career high of No.55 in the rankings. Damir Dzumhur throws the perception of needing to be a tall, heavy-serving giant in order to get by in professional tennis and really wins the majority of his matches through his fighting spirit and letting his opponents feel the heat through sheer grit and determination.
Dzumhur does not have a big serve that he can rely on, which in many ways gives Broady more hope in this match-up. Still leaning towards Dzumhur to get the win, but it is another match where Broady will find himself having plenty of chances, which means it rests on how clinical and ruthless Broady is when he finds those openings.
Prediction: Dzumhur in three sets
Broady & Dzumhur are scheduled for 11am (9am BST).
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