Liam Broady is through to the third round of Wimbledon after beating Diego Schwartzman

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Britain’s Liam Broady is through to the third round of Wimbledon after beating Argentina’s 12th seed Diego Schwartzman… as he performs a remarkable comeback to win his gruelling five-set thriller

  • Liam Broady is through to Wimbledon’s third round after winning on Thursday 
  • The Brit beat Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 4-6, 0-6 ,7-6 (8-6), 6-1 to progress 
  • Broady had never previously qualified to the third round of a Grand Slam before

You will struggle to find someone in tennis with a bad word to say about Liam Broady, the likable character from Stockport, the same town that spawned a certain Wimbledon champion of the 1930s.

He may never emulate Fred Perry, though Broady’s locker room popularity means his passage to the third round will be celebrated equally as joyfully, none more so than by the British contingent at SW19.

Their WhatsApp group will have been awash with congratulatory messages after this win – the best of the 28-year-old left-hander’s career as he defeated 12th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 4-6, 0-6, 7-6, 6-1 on Court 3.

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Liam Broady is through to the third round of Wimbledon after beating Diego Schwartzman

Broady won the five-set thriller 6-2, 4-6, 0-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 to reach the next stage

Broady won the five-set thriller 6-2, 4-6, 0-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 to reach the next stage

Diego Schwartzman looked to have wrapped the game up before a comeback by Broady

Diego Schwartzman looked to have wrapped the game up before a comeback by Broady

It wasn’t expected, especially as Broady lost 11 games in a row midway through the match. ‘I had you all fooled,’ joked the Wimbledon wildcard in his court-side interview.

That he did. For a while it looked like this clash was going to go the way of the rankings. Schwartzman sits 15th in the world. Scroll down, down, then down some more and you will find Broady, numbered 132.

Never before had he reached the third round of a Grand Slam but this was a big performance – the sort that really seemed to feed off the patriotism from a packed house of spectators. The only downside to Thursday’s win is Broady will receive no ranking points as it would have taken him closer to cracking that top 100 – a long-time target of his.

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‘I’d play Wimbledon for no points and no prize money,’ he said. ‘At least I get the prize money,’ he added, smiling at the thought of £120,000 landing in his account. ‘I might just withdraw it all and just like lie on it.

The Brit seemed down and out after a whitewash in the third set but battled back to win

The Brit seemed down and out after a whitewash in the third set but battled back to win

The British player has reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career

The British player has reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career

‘At the end of the day, as nice as the prize money is, I’m not serving at 5-1 and thinking, “F***, I’ve got 120 grand on the line here”. I’m serving and thinking I’m about to beat Diego Schwartzman. It is a nice bonus.’

Broady’s friendship with Andy Murray is well-known, the pair of them particularly fond of gentle ribbing, and he said: ‘I was thinking about sending him a text a few minutes ago. I’ve not got one from him yet.

‘Whenever I have a good win, I tend to text him and say, “Have you seen any results of note today?” But he had a tough one yesterday so it might not be appropriate to send that one today!’

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Reminded one last time that he’s out-lasted Murray at Wimbledon, Broady concluded: ‘I’m not going to even go down that road. He’ll probably just send me his tour wins across his career and then send me mine!’

The 28-year-old claimed that it was 'the biggest win of my career' after the match

The 28-year-old claimed that it was ‘the biggest win of my career’ after the match

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