Rising Australian star Alexei Popyrin described his maiden Wimbledon win as a "special feeling" as the 19-year-old saw off former world No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (2) 7-5 6-2 on the opening day of The Championships.
Qualifier world No. 101 Popyrin lost his serve in the fifth game but didn't panic as he broke back the Spaniard in the eighth game to eventually force a tie-break -- which he easily won. The Australian blew an early second set break but kept his focus once again as he broke Carreno Busta in the 11th game before serving out for a two-set lead in the next game.
The 19-year-old then cruised past the third set as he broke Carreno Busta twice to claim a straight-set win and set up a second round meeting against No. 11 seed Daniil Medvedev. "It felt really good, having gone through qualies, having done all the hard work and getting that first-round win.
It’s a special feeling,” Popyrin said post-match, per Tennis Australia. “I knew he was a solid player, maybe grass is not his favourite surface to play on but I knew it was going to be a tough match, either way.
I knew I had to stay focused and prepare. “I give myself a decent shot against anybody (at this point), honestly. If not, if you don’t give yourself a decent shot, then why are you even out there?”