World number 175 Christopher O’Connell was absolutely thrilled after picking up the biggest win of his career at Melbourne Park. O’Connell, ranked at No. 175 in the world, upset world No. 13 Diego Schwartzman 7-6(6) 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round of the Australian Open.
“It’s the biggest win of my career,” O’Connell said, according to the ATP website. “To do it at the Australian Open, in the second round, it’s an incredible feeling… It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had on a tennis court.
I have been playing tennis since I was four years old. It’s a dream come true.” Before the game, O’Connell said he was confident he could beat Schwartzman. “Yeah, it’s a good game. Obviously, he is an incredible player, who makes a million balls.
I’m going to have to play my best tennis. Yeah, I’m confident. I’m really looking forward to it,” O’Connell said before the game.
O’Connell put in a stunning performance
Schwartzman got off to a good start, having claimed the game’s first break in game seven.
However, O’Connell refused to quit as he saved two set points on Schwartzman’s serve in the 10th game before scoring his second set point in the tie-break to steal the opener. In the second set, O’Connell broke Schwhartzman in the ninth game and served for a two-set lead in the 10th game.
O’Connell missed a break early in the third set but broke Schwartzman again in game nine and served for the match in game 10. After the match, O’Connell paid tribute to his coach Marinko Matosevic. “The process did not start yesterday.
It happened all last year,” O’Connell said. “I worked with Marinko. He’s just very confident about how I want to play tennis right now. It’s the first time I’ve really had an individual coach literally every day with me.” O’Connell will face next Melbourne Summer Set runner-up Maxime Cressy.