Australian tennis player Alex Bolt was extremely happy after making it past the opening round in front of his home fans at the Australian Open. Bolt, ranked 166 in the world, defeated Norbert Gombos of Slovakia 6-2 6-2 4-6 6-3 to progress into his third second round at Melbourne Park.
“I’m super pleased getting through my first round,” Bolt said after the match, per Tennis Australia. “It’s always tricky in a best-of-five sets match, trying to stay focused for a long period of time.
I’m just happy with the way I’m playing at the moment”. After winning easily the first two sets, Bolt dropped the third set. “I was a little bit annoyed with myself because I felt like I was in control of the match,” Bolt admitted.
But Bolt regrouped in the following set to clinch a four-set win and prevent Gombos from making a comeback. “(I) recomposed myself, came out and played a pretty good fourth set,” Bolt said.
Bolt plays next Grigor Dimitrov
Bolt is now set for a tough challenge as he faces next former world No.
3 Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Marin Cilic in the first round. “It’s going to be a tough battle. I just can’t wait to get out there and play,” Bolt said. Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori suffered a 7-5 7-6 (4) 6-2 loss to Pablo Carreno Busta.
Nishikori also played at the ATP Cup last week, where he lost to Daniil Medvedev and Diego Schwartzman. "For me, I played one of best matches so far including last year after coming back, I was kind of happy with the way I played with this level, but still not enough to beat this guy, I'll try to keep playing and hope I can start winning more matches," Nishikori said after the match, per Seiadoumogera/Twitter.
Nishikori didn't want to try to find any excuses after losing to Carreno Busta. "It is what it is, I'll try to do my best in next tournament," Nishikori noted.