Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Džumhur upset the number one qualifying seed, Dustin Brown, 6-4 6-2 in the first round of qualifying for Australian Open 2014 on Wednesday morning.
Coming from the Brisbane International a few days prior, Džumhur was ruthless in his approach to beating the athletic Brown, who had started strongly in the sunny Melbourne Park conditions.
The first set lacked rhythm, partly due to delays caused by the net strap dislodging from the ground, and a scoring system issue, but, with both competitors playing aggressively, it wasn’t surprising the court nine seating was packed. Those lucky enough to venture in for the first day of qualifying competition witnessed some exciting rallies.
Brown, who progressed through to the third round at the 2013 Wimbledon tournament, seemed settled for much of the match. But it was Džumhur who took control as he cruised easily through the second set, defeating the German in one hour and nine minutes.
Džumhur, who is making his first trip to Melbourne Park, was positive about the result: “I knew my plan coming into the match, Brown has been playing in really good form and I knew it would be a tough game.”
“There was a couple of disruptions, but I was glad I could put them behind me and play well,” Džumhur said.
Coming from relative obscurity, Džumhur achieved a career high ATP world ranking of 187 late last year, “I was returning really well, I did what I had to do, and it has been one of the best matches I’ve played in my career”.
“I felt very good last year, and 2014 is looking even better for me now,” Džumhur said.
Džumhur faces Belgium’s Niel Desein in the second round, after he overcame Australia’s Matt Reid on court seven earlier on Wednesday.