Team GB’s Liam Broady reaches the third round of men’s singles tennis in Tokyo after beating the world No. 12 Hubert Hurkacz in another three-set epic to seal the biggest win of his career and boost his hopes on medals to keep alive
Team GB’s Liam Broady triumphed in a new three-set thriller in Tokyo after beating seventh seed Hubert Hurkacz to reach the third round of men’s singles.
Broady came up against Wimbledon semi-finalist Hurkacz as he wanted to keep his hopes of a medal alive, and he made brilliant progress after the epic.
After winning the first set 7-5, Broady was dragged into a nail-biting decision after Poland’s representative Hurkacz withdrew.
Liam Broady reached the third round of men’s singles tennis after beating Hubert Hurkacz
But the 27-year-old has ensured that he remains the only Briton standing in singles in Japan after winning 6-3 in the third set.
He now takes on France’s Jeremy Chardy, and the win is a stunning result after his belated call-up to the showpiece.
Broady, in 143rd place, was the last man in the draw, but followed his first-lap marathon victory over Francisco Cerundolo to capture a career highlight.
Hurkacz emphatically defeated Roger Federer earlier this month at SW19, but he was outmatched and outsmarted by the brilliant Broady.
Team GB’s Broady is the only Brit still in singles and making epic progress
“It’s clearly a career-best win and at a career-high moment, coming in and representing GB at the Olympics, so it couldn’t have gone better,” said Broady.
“I don’t think anyone expects much from me, I think that works well for me. It’s nice to get this result, just to know that I’m doing some things right.
“Of course, to beat someone of that caliber in the Olympics, you have to do better than me, so that’s nice.”
Broady has played at the lower tier of professional tennis for most of his career, but this was his best season and the reward was a spot in Tokyo.
Wimbledon semi-final Hurkacz was defeated by Broady in the three-set thriller
Just going to Japan was a big challenge, and Broady said, ‘It was a bit of a nightmare to be honest. It probably makes me a little bald.
“I found out last Friday and then it was a bit quiet here for the weekend and I flew on Tuesday.
‘Twelve hours a day trying to organize everything and luckily we got it all done.’
He was due to play two tournaments in the US during these two weeks and admitted that he had discussed with his coach whether or not to come.