Alexei Popyrin really brought some variety to Court 8 on the first day of Wimbledon as he battled impressively well past Pablo Carreno Busta to win in straight sets 7-6 7-5 6-2.
The 19 year old Australian who at 6ft5 brings a big serve to the court has been looking at other options as well. He does a bit of training at the Mouratoglou Academy where he has learnt a lot but has a familiar face in his box at the moment and that is former Wimbledon winner Pat Cash.
Todd Woodbridge was part of the commentary team and he spoke about Pat’s encouragement for the youngster to go to the net more which is what we did see in the match.
Alexei won 10/14 points at the net during the first set and used his time to come to the net pretty well even with Carreno Busta at one point during the first set serving for the set.
Overall in the match The Australian did well at the net winning 28/41 points and producing some really good numbers on first and second serve as well as some clean hitting with 56 winners to 25 unforced errors.
Alexei made a big name for himself in Melbourne which many young Australian’s do with a straight sets win against Mischa Zverev at The Australian Open. He found himself going through in straights against Dominic Thiem but the Austrian down two sets and a break retired injured.
Popyrin’s third round meeting was against Lucas Pouille and it was the Frenchman who advanced to the next round in an epic five set battle and of course Pouille went onto make the semi-finals.
Next up for him is a tough Daniil Medvedev who has the 5th most wins on tour this year. He’s found some form on the grass after crashing out after Barcelona and it will be an interesting match. He will have to use his net game to full extent and hope to withstand the groundstrokes of Daniil.