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Liam Broady reaches Wimbledon second round

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Liam Broady produced a stunning comeback to reach the second round of Wimbledon.

The British wildcard, 21, was losing by two sets to love to the Australian Marinko Matosevic but won three straight sets to progress 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in three hours and fourteen minutes.

The opening set on court 18 was a close one, both players hitting an array of fine shots but it was Matosevic who made an early breakthrough, breaking Broady in the opening game but the Brit, ranked 181st in the world replied with a break of his own.

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With the score tied at five games each, Matosevic then broke in the 11th game before serving the set out.

The Australian, ranked 41 places higher than his opponent looked to give himself some breathing space by winning the second set 6-4.

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Fightback

But cue the Broady fightback. An impressive display in the third saw the British No.6 win 6-3 before a dominant performance in the fourth saw him take it 6-4 and ensure a fifth and final set.

Broady then made sure it was a Wimbledon debut to remember and broke Matosevic’s serve to win the tie.

With advantage to the Brit in the ninth game of the set, Matosevic hit a net volley into the tramlines to the roar of delight from the home-crowd and sending an elated Broady into the next round.

Broady will now play sixteenth seed David Goffin in the second round after the Belgian beat Horacio Zeballos of Argentina in straight sets [7-6 (7-4) 6-1 6-1].

Liam’s elder sister Naomi is also in first round action, she plays Colombia’s Mariana Duque Marino.

The siblings will also compete in the mixed doubles tournament, the first British sibling partnership to do so since Buster and Linda Mottram 37 years ago.

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