Busy Monday ahead for Marcus Daniell at Wimbledon after fantastic fightback secures second-week spot at SW19
They looked to be in big trouble after losing the first two sets to Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Jaume Munar from Spain but showed great determination to stay in the contest and took the third to a tie-break.
A 7-2 victory in the breaker gave Daniell – coached by Dave Sammel – and Dutch partner Koolhof the momentum and they immediately broke Munar’s serve in the fourth set, going on to win it 6-2.
There was no way back for Norrie and Munar after that as Daniell and Koolhof went on to wrap up a 1-6 4-6 7-6(2) 6-2 6-2 victory in just short of three hours.
Daniell and Koolhof, who had beaten Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6(7) in their opening match, will now face Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi from Pakistan in the third round, scheduled for Court 16 at 11am on Monday (July 8).
It promises to be a busy day for Daniell, who is also playing in the second round of the mixed doubles with Jennifer Brady of the United States against number 7 seeds Manuel Gonzalez and Xu Yifan. That match is scheduled for Court 15 in late afternoon.
Daniell and Brady came from a set down to beat Desirae Krawczyk and Nick Kyrgios 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 7-5 in their opening match.
Team Bath Tennis duo Millie Bissett and Morgan Cross are playing in the girls’ doubles at Junior Wimbledon this week and will face Poland’s Weronika Baszak and Martyna Kubka in the first round, scheduled for Tuesday.