Liam Broady vs Kacper Zuk result as Stockport tennis star in Australian Open qualifying
Stockport tennis star Liam Broady overcame a slow start to advance to the second round of qualifying for this year’s Australian Open.
Broady spent the last week as captain of the Great Britain squad for the ATP Cup, but this morning’s game at Melbourne Park was his first official game of 2022. He faced the talented Pole Kacper Zuk and put a little time to regain your rhythm before a strong arrival. brought him less than two games from the main draw.
Broady, seeded tenth in qualifying, had already saved two break points in the seventh game before facing two more in the ninth game of the first set and despite having saved another, a backhand in the net on the second break point saw Zuk take a 5-4 lead.
Broady saved two set points in Game 10, but the 22-year-old Pole finally served for the set the third time around asking to go forward.
Broady started off as he intended to continue early in the second set, holding and then breaking Zuk’s serve and a dominant second set saw him break Zuk two more times as the Pole was only able to muster three. points in three service games with Broady sealing the set 6-1.
The third set followed a similar pattern, with Broady breaking the serve at will and despite a somewhat sloppy play relinquishing the early advantage to allow Zuk to return to the game at 1-1, the game was increasingly out of reach. one way as Broady broke again and held on to a 3-1 lead.
Zuk saved two break points in Game 5 to keep roughly in touch, but when the pressure of Broady’s backhand forced Zuk to score again to give a third set break for 5-2, the game was almost. ended.
Broady served the game with minimal fuss to reach the second qualifying round at Melbourne Park for the first time since 2015, where he will face American Jeffrey Wolf in the second round on Thursday.