World No. 1768 Edward Winter said he was “really excited” after pulling off a major upset win over former world No. 6 Gilles Simon.
Winter, 17, shocked Simon 6-3 1-6 6-3 to reach tue Australian Open qualifying second round.
“Yeah, I’m really excited with the win, I felt like I played a pretty good match,” Winter said post-match, per The First Serve.
“I’m really looking forward to the second round and I’m keen to see what I can do next.”
Winter bounced back after losing the second
After losing his serve three times in the second set, Winter broke Simon in the fourth game of the third set and held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a straight-set win.
“I felt like I really needed to reset, I felt like he played a really good second set and I just started to lose a bit of rhythm, I wasn’t winning the crucial points,” Winter said.
“I felt like for me, it was important to serve well and win those crucial points – those 30-all and deuce points and I did that really well in the third set. That break in the fourth game was really crucial to get on top in the third set.”
Winter’s fellow compatriot Winter Marc Polmans also made a winning start to qualifying as he beat Geoffrey Blancaneaux 7-6 (3) 6-2.
“I’ve been quite fortunate to get a wildcard the last three years. I’m very grateful for that. This year I’m in qualifying and that’s the way it is. This year I’ve got to do my best to get through as many matches as I can. I’m just happy to be playing one of my favourite events for the year, I have nothing to complain about,” Polmans said.
“The body’s feeling quite well. I had a decent offseason and I had a bit of time off so the body is feeling ready to go. I’m looking forward to hopefully a better season this year.”