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Liam Broady « on: November 06, 2014, 05:05 PM »
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I figured it was high time this young lad got his own thread. Smile

Liam was a top junior - ranked #2 at the start of his final year - and made the final of two junior slams (Wimbledon at just 17, and US Open in his last junior event), losing both in three tight sets to Luke Saville and Filip Peliwo respectively.

After starting this year just inside the top 500, Liam has risen nearly 300 places and now finds himself in the top 200, still two months shy of his 21st birthday.

After a slow start to 2014 Liam won his first title in April in the Lougborough futures. He has since won another three futures titles (bringing his total to four singles titles for the year), as well as making two other finals. After taking a few stabs at challengers in September - including victories over Alex Kuznetsov (WR188) and Frank Dancevic (WR148) - he has returned to them in recent times and made his first challenger final last week in Charlottesville - beating Tim Smyczek (WR97), Peter Torebko (WR243), Ryan Harrison (WR196) and Denis Kudla (WR133) before being edged out by James Duckworth (WR150) in the final.

This run has elevated him into the top 200 for the first time, with him currently ranked at WR 199.

He is in action again this week, and has taken advantage of an SE (special exempt) awarded to him after making last week's final (as he was unable to participate in this weeks qualifying), beating the qualifier Bangoura 6-2, 6-4 in his opening match, before another blinding performance today saw him take apart 6th seed Michael Russell (WR156) 6-1, 6-4 to make the QFs. He should climb at least another 7-8 places in the rankings, but could go further yet.

Some of the matches on his Charlottesville run can be viewed here:

http://new.livestream.com/ATP/charlottesville2014centrecourt
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #1 on: November 06, 2014, 06:54 PM »
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Oh good, glad he now has his own thread
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #2 on: November 07, 2014, 07:24 AM »
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Good you've started this.   clap He's someone with loads of promise. I'm sure his career will be  really worth watching.
Go Liam  yay
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #3 on: November 07, 2014, 07:30 PM »
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Liam just beat Marcus 7-6(5), 6-4 to make his second successive semi-final and makes it 7 wins from his last 8 matches.

Provisionally up to about #188.

Tough SF though, as he takes on 2nd seed and WR61 Adrian Mannarino.
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #4 on: November 07, 2014, 07:42 PM »
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Well done Liam.
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #5 on: November 08, 2014, 09:12 PM »
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Unfortunately Liam went down 0&4.

Recovered well from a pretty woeful first set and really got under Mannarino's skin in the second, indeed holding a break point at 4-3. Mannarino saved it with an ace, then broke after a marathon game with some cracking rallies (both players held multiple game points) and served it out with a couple of big serves.

Liam won't come up against much better than that at this level though, and I'm sure he'll treat is part of the learning curve.
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #6 on: November 08, 2014, 09:30 PM »
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Brilliant effort this tournie making his way up the rankings. Sad that he could not go the whole way.
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #7 on: January 15, 2015, 09:53 AM »
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Liam joins Kyle in the FQR after overcoming highly rated teenager Jared Donaldson 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-4 earlier - Liam actually was a break up and later had a match point (on Donaldson's serve) in that second set, as well as leading 5-3 in the tie-break. Great response in the third.

Liam took out the 9th seed and WR120 Farrukh Dustov in QR1 with a fairly routine 4&3 win.

He'll take on the veteran Michael Russell to qualify.

Incidentally, just one year ago Liam had hit a new career high of... 470 in the world. He's come a hell of a long way in the last 6-12 months.
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #8 on: January 15, 2015, 01:09 PM »
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 Fingers crossed  nervous
Go Liam  yay
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #9 on: January 17, 2015, 03:21 AM »
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Unfortunately Liam went down 5&3 in the final round of qualifying to Russell. Still, a good effort and a handy 16 ranking points (equivalent of a challenger quarter final or winning a Futures title).
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #10 on: January 17, 2015, 06:12 AM »
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Oh what a shame.
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #11 on: January 17, 2015, 07:11 AM »
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Any possibility of a LL spot - or do they not do those at slams?
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #12 on: January 17, 2015, 11:55 AM »
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For the lucky loser spots they take the four highest seeded players that lost in the FQR and put them into a mini-draw to decide priority. Given Liam was around the 80th highest ranked player, I doubt there were only 4 higher ranked players that lost in the FQR sadly, although I haven't actually looked.
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #13 on: January 17, 2015, 03:51 PM »
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For the lucky loser spots they take the four highest seeded players that lost in the FQR and put them into a mini-draw to decide priority. Given Liam was around the 80th highest ranked player, I doubt there were only 4 higher ranked players that lost in the FQR sadly, although I haven't actually looked.

I just checked - almost all the FQR losers are ranked ahead of Liam.
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Re: Liam Broady « Reply #14 on: January 17, 2015, 04:29 PM »
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Liam has said no LL spot for him, he tweeted this and that he was going home then onto Dallas
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