Australian tennis star Jordan Thompson admits playing at the Sydney International means a lot to him. Sydneysider Thompson made a great start to his Sydney campaign as he beat French Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-3 to progress to the round-of-16.
The Australian saved a total of seven break points before he broke the Frenchman in the sixth game to take a 4-2 first-set lead. The 24-year-old then had no problems holding to his serve and closing out the opener. Thompson then broke Mannarino in the fifth and ninth game of the second set to seal the win.
Thompson, ranked at No. 72 in the world, is playing in the Sydney main draw for the fourth time in his career. He made back-to-back Sydney round-of-16 in 2016 and 2017. "Unbelievable (to be playing here). I used to train here as a kid.
I was out here every day. Coming back here, I feel at home," Thompson said after beating Mannarino, per Tennis Australia. Thompson won't have an easy job in his next match as he is due to clash against No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev.
However, Thompson will certainly be extremely motivated to stun defending champion Medvedev and make his first Sydney quarter-final. "(Medvedev is) a great player, he’s won tour events before, he's won this tournament, so I’m sure he'll feel at home as well," Thompson added.
"It will be a really tough match but going into the Australian Open, tough matches is what you want." Also read: ATP Brisbane: Unseeded Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof earn title