British tennis player Liam Broady was in great spirits after stunning American Frances Tiafoe in the Eastbourne first round. Broady, who received a wildcard for Eastbourne, handed a 6-3 7-6 (4) loss to Tiafoe in his Eastbourne opener.
Broady twice blew a break in the first set but made no mistake on his serve after claiming the third break of the match in the eighth game. As no breaks were seen in the second set -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Broady realized his first match point to book a straight-set win.
“Frances is in great form at the moment reaching the quarter-finals at Queen’s and winning the Challenger in Nottingham so I knew it was going to be tough," Broady said, per LTA. “I felt great today and great in practice leading up to it.
I’ve maybe not won as many matches as I would have liked to recently so this is a big one for me”.
Broady plays Alex de Minaur next
Broady will be fighting No. 2 seed de Minaur for a place in the Eastbourne quarterfinal.
Elsewhere, No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev beat Corentin Moutet in Mallorca 6-4 6-2. “In the beginning I couldn’t hit two balls in the court and I was missing lots of serves when I had 40/0. On grass, that’s not the best thing to do in my first [service] game of the match,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview.
“But I’m really happy that I managed to win the match because that’s what gives [me] confidence and [hopefully] in the next rounds I can play better”. Medvedev plays Casper Ruud next. “Casper is a great player, he jumped a lot this year [in the FedEx ATP Rankings],” Medvedev said.
“Hopefully the grass can help me a little bit because it’s not his best surface. But I’m sure he is playing good here and I need to be at my best”.