Adelaide local Alex Bolt, 27, said winning a match at the Adelaide International was a "dream come true" after he beat lucky loser Stephane Robert 6-4 2-6 6-0 in his opener at the tournament. Bolt, ranked at No.
157 in the world, had been drawn to meet France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the Adelaide first round round but the Frenchman pulled out of the event due to illness. Adelaide returned to the ATP Tour calendar this season as the city is hosting an ATP event for the first time since 2008.
"It really is a dream come true, I grew up watching the old ATP tournament when it was here,” Bolt said, per the tournament's website. “So to be playing here as a pro is a dream come true. “That’s the art of tennis really, you never really know what will happen."
Former world No. 125 Bolt will fight against 37th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff for a place in the Adelaide quarterfinal. "I definitely feel the draw has opened up, a few top guys have had to pull out," Bolt insisted. “I’m going to back myself in every match I play and hopefully I can keep getting the win."