Max Purcell scores first win among the 20 in Eastbourne | June 24, 2021 | All news | News and Features | News & Events

Max Purcell’s amazing week continues in Eastbourne, where he scored the biggest win of his career to advance to the ATP singles quarter-finals.

Eastbourne, UK, June 24, 2021 | Lee Rogers

Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Australian Max Purcell claimed the biggest win of his career at the ATP 250 Championships in Eastbourne.

The lucky loser of the lottery, 23, stunned top seed Gael Monfils in the second round. Purcell’s 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win is his first over a 20th-ranked opponent.

“It feels unbelievable,” Purcell said. “I’ve struggled to get into any singles events for the past nine months and basically played my husband, so running here, on my favorite rooftop, is great.”

Purcell, ranked No. 283, has never defeated a player who ranked in the top 80. But he proved his bravery against the world number 16 to advance to the quarter-finals of his first singles match at the ATP level.

“I thought I’d go out and go,” Purcell said of his thinking.

Purcell continues a great week, is the top doubles player at number 50 and enjoys a successful partnership with fellow Australian Luke Savile. He defeated former Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson in the playoffs, then posted his third Top 100 win against Australian James Duckworth in the opening round.

Purcell now faces Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, the 37-year-old ranked 95th and 2011 champion, in the quarter-finals.

Second seed Alex de Minaur continued his impressive form on grass to reach the quarter-finals for the third time at Tour level in as many weeks. The 22-year-old Australian took the lead with a 6-3 6-4 win over Britain’s wildcard Liam Brody.

John Millman and Alexei Buberin both lost their matches in the second round.

In the doubles competition, John Pearce and John Patrick Smith booked a spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik and American Nicholas Monroe.

Aussies in action – Eastbourne

Men’s singles second round
[2] Alex de Minaur (Australia) Dr [WC] Liam Brody (Britain) 6-3 6-4
[LL] Max Purcell (Australia)
Dr [1] Gael Monfils (France) 6-4 5-7 6-4
[3] Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) D John Millman (Australia) 6-4 6-2
[Q] Ilya Ivashka (BLR) D Alexey Poprin (Australia) 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-3

My men’s doubles first round
John Peers (Australia) / John Patrick Smith (Australia) v Alexander Bublik (Kazakhstan) / Nicholas Monroe (USA) 6-3 6-3
[WC] Lloyd Glasspool (Britain) / Harry Heliovara (Finland) d Max Purcell (Australia) / Luke Savile (Australia) 6-2 6-3

Women’s doubles first round
Lyudmila Kishinok (UK) / Makoto Ninomiya (Japan) d Sam Stosur (Australia)/ Coco Vandeweg (US) 6-0 7-6 (2)

Men’s singles, quarter-finals
[2] Alex de Minaur (Australia)
in Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
[LL] Max Purcell (Australia)
Fifth [LL] Andreas Seppi (ITA)

Men’s doubles, quarter-finals
John Peers (Australia) / John Patrick Smith (Australia) Fifth [3] Rajiv Ram (USA) / Joe Salisbury (UK)

Mallorca, Spain

Australian Jordan Thompson qualified for the quarter-finals of the ATP 250 Championships in Mallorca. It’s the 27-year-old’s best result since February.

Thompson fired eight aces and did not face a break point in a 6-4 6-4 win over Slovakian Lukas Klein in the second round. She begins her quarter-final clash with world number 13 Pablo Carreno Busta.

Fourth seed Carino Busta scored a straight sets win over Thompson in their only previous encounter, which was on clay earlier this year. The 29-year-old Spaniard isn’t so self-confident on the grass, however, that he’s only scored three wins on the rooftop at the Tour level.

Aussie at work – Mallorca

Men’s singles second round
Jordan Thompson (Australia) Dr [Q] Lucas Klein (SVK) 6-4 6-4

Men’s singles, quarter-finals
Jordan Thompson (Australia)
Fifth [4] Pablo Carreno Posta (Spain)

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