Why Britain’s number six Liam Broady could shock David Goffin


When Liam Broady went two sets down against Marinko Matosevic in the first round it seemed another predictable outcome for Brits not named Murray was on the cards at Wimbledon.

However, what followed ensured that everyone will be keeping an eye out for the 21-year-old on day three at SW19.

Broady fought back from the brink to win 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 and book a date in the second round with David Goffin.

The Belgian is ranked 15th in the world, some 167 places above the Brit, but there is plenty to suggest Broady can extend his run.

The Brit has soared up the rankings in the recent months, rising from 271st in 2014 to his current ranking of 182.

The youngster may be making his senior debut at Wimbledon but he is no stranger to the All England Club, having had plenty of success at the London venue during his junior career.

Broady won the Boy’s Doubles competition in 2010 and reached the Boy’s Singles final a year later.

That winning feeling was kept up with another junior doubles slam at the 2012 Australian Open but it is the Brit’s comfort on grass that could give him the edge over Goffin.

The 24-year-old has lost more games than he has won on the surface and bowed out of Queen’s at the first time of asking this year.

Granted Goffin has had some tough opponents at SW19 in the past – Andy Murray last year and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2013 – but he has bowed out in the first round for the last two years and has never progressed past the third round.

Broady has no past senior experiences at the venue to draw from but this fearlessness along with his junior pedigree and the support of a partisan crowd means many could be tempted to take the 15/2 that says the Brit can send the 1/20-priced Belgian packing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.