Wimbledon 2015: Liam Broady beats Marinko Matosevic
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Liam Broady began the British campaign at Wimbledon with a superb five-set win on his Grand Slam singles debut.
The 21-year-old wildcard, ranked 182nd in the world, battled back from two sets down against Australia's world number 138 Marinko Matosevic to win 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-3.
The British number six from Stockport celebrated wildly after winning in three hours and 15 minutes.
"The crowd was fantastic - they made the experience," said Broady.
He will next meet Belgian 16th seed David Goffin.
Broady is the only Briton to be guaranteed a place in the second round after Heather Watson's late-evening match was delayed by fading light, while Naomi Broady - Liam's older sister - and Johanna Konta both lost on the opening day.
British men's number one Andy Murray begins his quest for a second Wimbledon title on Tuesday when he faces world number 58 Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.
Watson, who is tied at one set each, resumes her match against France's 32nd seed Caroline Garcia, with Kyle Edmund, Laura Robson, Aljaz Bedene, James Ward and Brydan Klein also playing.
|Who is Liam Broady?|
|Broady was born in Stockport and is the brother of fellow tennis player Naomi Broady|
|Before Monday, his best performance in a Grand Slam singles event was reaching the third qualifying round at the 2015 Australian Open|
|He started 2014 ranked 470th in the world and has risen to his current ranking of 182nd|
|He was Wimbledon junior doubles champion in 2010 and finished runner-up in the singles event the following year|
When his victory was confirmed as a Matosevic return flew wide on match point, Broady jumped into the air and thumped his chest.
And the crowd packed into court 18 rose to their feet to acclaim the achievements of a man who last won on a grass court in July 2013.
"After the first two sets, I wanted to give the crowd more," added Broady. "I managed to sneak the third set and that was the best feeling of my life. So to win the match was fantastic."
Broady, who reached the Wimbledon boys' singles final in 2011, guaranteed himself at least £47,000 in prize money.
"I'll keep that safe," he said. "It will just be there. When I need it for the tournaments and for the travel, I know that I've got that security. So it's great."
His sister, Naomi, was unable to clinch a memorable family double as she lost 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia.
The opening day of the Wimbledon fortnight had started ominously for her brother, a former junior world number two, as he failed to hold his first service game.
He broke back, before being overpowered by Matosevic in game 11 as the 29-year-old sealed the opening set.
Matosevic, looking to equal his best Grand Slam performance, comfortably won the second set and some of the home crowd departed as the match appeared to be drifting away.
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But Broady broke serve at the first time of asking in the third set and held that advantage.
Broady's confidence was increasing, and he broke again in the third game of the fourth set before clinching a double break to set up the decider.
With the crowds flocking back to see what they hoped was going to be a remarkable comeback, Broady broke in the third game of the final set.
The Briton held his serve and then forced another error from Matosevic in deuce of the final game - sealing victory with his first match point.
"To be honest, I'm not sure how much I believed I could win a round of Wimbledon before today, even going into the match," said Broady.
"I'm hoping that it will sort of push me on and give me a bit more fire to want to get back here."