Rising American Maxime Cressy claims his goal from the start was to bring back the serve and volley style.
Cressy, 24, is becoming recognizable on tour for his serve and volley style.
Cressy made his first big breakthrough this month when he made the Melbourne Summer Set final as a qualifier.
In the final, Cressy competed extremely well against Rafael Nadal but the Spaniard escaped with a straight-set win.
On Saturday, Cressy beat Christopher O’Connell 6-2 6-7 (6) 6-3 6-2 to reach the Australian Open round-of-16.
“My vision from the very beginning was to bring serve and volley back,” Cressy said, per the ATP website. “I’ve had many different people tell me that it’s dead, that it’s not going to be efficient or effective today… I’ve heard many excuses that it was not going to be the best style for me, but I had a vision and I believe it’s going to happen.”
Cressy doesn’t back down to anyone
“The mindset is to go for it. Sometimes I have good days, sometimes bad days and I feel like on the good days it’s very difficult to beat that style of play going for both serves,” Cressy added.
Cressy now has a tough task ahead of him as he plays next No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev.
“I actually don’t even think about my opponent because they try many things,” he said. “He would try to return close or if that doesn’t work, far from the baseline… They try different things to get in my head and if I focus on them it disrupts my game. My mindset is to completely block off what my opponent does.”
After failing to make the singles line-up in his freshman year at UCLA, Cressy doubted whether he’d ever become a pro.
“I had many doubts, of course, but the most important thing is that I kept going and stayed determined. Now the doubts are completely gone.”