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Broady scrapes through

14 June 2011

liam broadyLiam Broady, the 17-year-old British prospect whose family turned their backs on the LTA three years ago, overcame a 596-place gap in the world rankings to win his marathon opening match on the opening day of Wimbledon Qualifying at Roehampton as Mike Sinclair reports.
The Stockport teenager, ranked 749, overcame Italy's world No 143 Alessio Di Mauro 6-3 1-6 12-10.
Broady, managed by his father Simon who forgot to enter him for last month's French Junior Open, said: "It was tough - he's by far the highest-ranked person I've beaten - but I finally made it. It came down to who played better on the court at the right time."
Both players struggled to make the breakthrough in a third set which went with service and Broady added: "The scoreline says it all. I didn't take many of my chances but I took the most important one right at the end."  

Former British No 2 Jamie Baker, forced to play Wimbledon qualifying for the first time, made a winning start with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over English teenager George Morgan.
The former British No 2, whose world ranking has dropped to 377, said: "It's good to win my first match at Wimbledon - if qualifying counts!  It's the best I've served in a match all year."
After taking the first set, 24-year-old Baker broke 18-year-old Morgan's serve in the opening game of the second.
The 24-year-old Glaswegian - who has previously had four wildcards into the main draw, losing in the first round each time - served well and utilised his drop shot to stay in control as the rest of the set went with service.
Baker, pleased to have drawn a fellow-Brit, said: "It was probably a good draw for both of us because if you look around the world these Grand Slam qualies get tougher because there are so many good players.
"To play like that when there was a little bit of pressure against a younger British guy was pretty satisfying.
"On the grass you can build in a match - we saw Andy Murray do it all week at Queen's.
"I used the drop shot well too. There was a lot of rain yesterday and the grass was a bit slippery.
"It keeps the opponent guessing because everyone just expects you to smack the ball on this surface."
Baker, who had a career-high ranking of 211 in November 2007 before being struck down by a life-threatening blood disease while playing in Florida the following April, has been campaigning round the world to try and get his rating back up.
He added: "My year's been up and down. I've had a few good results and a few bad ones as well.
"I prefer playing in the bigger tournaments like this. It's tough these days to be battling out for three hours in Futures tournaments for one world-ranking point - so I want a few more of these moments."
Broady and Baker were joined in the second round by Twickenham's 17-year-old Oliver Goulding, who beat fellow Brit Josh Milton 6-3, 6-2.
Home players Alex Bogdanovic, denied any more Wimbledon wild cards after losing eight times in the first round, Dan Smethurst and Alexander Ward were all beaten.

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