Wimbledon 2023: Liam Broady upsets fourth seed Casper Ruud to earn biggest win of his career
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Liam Broady has secured the biggest win of her career by ranking after overcoming world No.4 Casper Ruud 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the second round of Wimbledon.
This triumphant five set victory marks Broady's first ever win against a top 5 player, and sends him through to the third round at Wimbledon for the second time in his career.
“When I went to bed last night I was having a think about what I’d say if I won the match and I don’t really know what to say now," Broady laughed.
“It’s a pretty terrifying, exhilarating experience coming out on Centre Court at Wimbledon - it’s been my dream since I was five years old.”
In a career-first encounter between the two players, Broady rose to the occasion as he pressed his foot on the gas from the get-go.
Looking to impress in front of a home crowd on Centre Court, the Brit held his nerve after going a break down – immediately breaking back to level the set to 3-3. Broady undoubtably looked the more comfortable player in the opener as he began to dictate the play – winning three games on the bounce to clinch a break to love and stun the fourth seed.
However, the three-time Grand Slam runner-up soon found his feet in the second set, tightening up on his first serve percentage from 38% in the first set to 67%. Faced with two break points on his serve at 3-1 down in the second, Broady rescued the first with a backhand volley before the world No.4 converted the second to level the scoreboard to a set apiece.
With the hunger and fight to re-gain the upper-hand in the battle, the home favourite stormed ahead to a 4-1 lead in the fourth to force the contest to a decisive set.
Into the final set they went, and the British wild card got off to the perfect start as he broke to love before backing up his assertive start with a gutsy hold. With confidence flowing through his veins, there was no stopping the 29-year-old, who came back from 40-0 down on Ruud’s serve to grasp the double break.
Now firing on all cyclinders, Broady continued to dismantle the Norweigan - saving his best until last as he took a clean sweep in the final set to cause the upset of the tournament in three hours and 28 minutes.
Speaking on facing former Wimbledon quarter-finalist Denis Shapovalov in the third round, Broady said: “Denis is a mercurial talent, he’s one of the best players in the world, as Casper is.
"He’s won junior Wimbledon here, he’s made the quarter-finals. He’s an amazing player but with a crowd like this, why not have a go again” he smiled, as a jam-packed Centre Court revelled in another British success story.
Elsewhere in the men's draw, wild card Jan Choinski suffered defeat to world No.17 Hubert Hurkacz, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3) in his second round match.