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Matosevic Wins On Lucky 13th Try

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Matosevic© Getty ImagesMarinko Matosevic wins his first Grand Slam match on his 13th try.

Thirteen may be considered unlucky for some, but it turned out to Marinko Matosevic’s lucky number.

On Tuesday, the 28-year-old Australian finally claimed his first match win at a Grand Slam event after going 0-12 in his previous attempts. Matosevic came from 1-5 down in the fourth set of his Roland Garros opener to complete a 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-7(1), 7-5 victory over German Dustin Brown.

“Feel like there is a huge gorilla off your shoulders,” he said.

Matosevic fell onto his back following match point and rolled over and over on the red clay, from the baseline to the service line. “I thought about it, but I was pretty spontaneous, really,” he said of his post-match celebration. “Yeah, maybe a little bit over the top, but just huge relief.”

“I got to 39 in the [Emirates ATP Rankings], so I’m like, ‘I got to do it. I'm better than this,’” added Matosevic, the current World No. 66. “With the early losses, like once it got to five, six, then two years, eight, then 12, three years, it's tough.

“I always knew I was a better player than my Grand Slam results. I'm happy I could get the win today.”

Matosevic made his Grand Slam main draw debut at the 2010 Australian Open (l. to Chiudinelli), and came close to victory on a couple of occasions. He failed to hold onto a two-sets lead against Marin Cilic at the 2012 US Open, and also lost to Kei Nishikori in five sets earlier this year in Melbourne.

“It got pretty demoralising at some stages,” he admitted. “I had some tough draws. When I did have my chances, I just couldn’t quite do it.

“I tried not to think about it and I kind of let it go after the Australian Open. Just tried to forget about it.  It paid off a couple months later.”

Matosevic will next play seventh seed Andy Murray, who won their previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting last year at the Aegon Championships.

“He’s a good ball striker,” said Murray. “He’s had some good wins on the tour as a result of maybe being a bit up and down. But he can play good tennis. He’s a strong guy. It will be tough.” 

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