Purcell registers biggest career success with just his third ATP Tour win
Gaël Monfils, the top seed, was floored 6–4 5–7 6–4 by
The French veteran, who thundered 16 aces past Purcell, was aiming to reach his first ATP Tour
But the Sydney 23-
Monfils unleashed a crosscourt forehand winner after trailing 5–4, which ignited the former world no.6 with some long overdue confidence to bring back his usual spark on Centre Court.
Then each player ponderously held serve, for the Australian to claim just his third ever ATP Tour main draw triumph.
Purcell, who upset South Africa’s 2018 Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson in the 1st Qualifying Round at Devonshire Park, is due to face another big challenge in his maiden ATP Tour
Purcell admitted after the shock success: “I’ve struggled to get into any singles events over the past nine months so primarily played Doubles.
“To get on a run here, on my favourite surface, is great. I thought I’d come out and have a go, but the result feels unbelievable.”Max Purcell