Last minute replacement Liam Broady beat World No.12 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to secure his place in the third round of the Olympics. It stands as the 27-year-old’s biggest win in his career as he defeated the Wimbledon semi-finalist in three sets. It has continued Broady’s shock run at the Olympics after the lowest ranked player in the draw was drafted in as a replacement for Dan Evans.
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Broady has found a new lease of life since the pandemic began, he has risen to a career high ranking of 137. Last year he was the champion of the inaugural UK Pro League after 42 days of elite British tennis. It showcases the value of the innovative new format of the UKPL in developing British talent with Emma Raducanu already breaking into the mainstream with her fairytale run at Wimbledon.
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Broady will now face Jeremy Chardy in the third round as he looks to continue his remarkable run. He remains the only Team GB player in the singles competition after Andy Murray pulled out to focus on the doubles competition.