Liam Broady Stuns World No. 4 Casper Ruud at Wimbledon

Liam Broady defeated Casper Ruud in five sets for a sensational victory on Day 4 at Wimbledon. The 29-year-old received a wildcard to participate in the main draw of the tournament and gave the home crowd a reason to celebrate beating the world No. 4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in 3 hours and 28 minutes of play.

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The biggest win in Broady’s career

It is not the first time for Brady to make it to the third round of Wimbledon, but it is the first time he has beaten a Top 10 player. Ruud has played in three of the last five Grand Slam finals and was a major favorite going into the match.

The Norwegian came back to take a 2-1 lead after Broady took the opening set. Broady, who is ranked 142nd in the world, started strong in the fourth set, taking a 3-0 lead and the key moment of that part of the match was the break point Broady saved at 4-2. It seemed like Ruud still has the control of the match going into the final set, but Broady was brilliant and stunned the favorite winning the set to love.

In the post match interview, Broady was asked whether his family had been nervous ahead of the match.

“I told my mum not to worry,” the Broady said. “I’d already won £85,000, so she can chill out.”

What’s next for Broady?

Broady moves on to the Wimbledon third round where he will face Denis Shapovalov. The Canadian is coming off a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 win over Gregoire Barrere. The 2021 Wimbledon semifinalist is currently ranked No. 29 in the world.

That will be the fifth match between Broady and Shapovalov and both of them have won twice in the previous encounters. It has been a while since their last match which took place in the qualifiers of the 2017 Queen’s Club Championship when Shapovalov won 6-4, 6-4.

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