Australian wildcard Jordan Thompson has stormed into the second round of a grand slam for the first time with an impressive straight sets victory at the French Open.
The 22-year-old eliminated Serbian qualifier Laslo Djere 6-3 6-4 7-5 in two hours and eight minutes in Paris on Monday to join 17th seed Nick Kyrgios, who won comfortably on Sunday, in the second round.
Thompson now faces a difficult showdown with big-serving Croatian 27th seed Ivo Karlovic on Wednesday.
Thompson cracked the top 100 for the first time in March and now enters unchartered territory, having been a first-round loser in his three previous grand slams – all at the Australian Open.
The victory will lift Thompson’s ranking to a career-high 86th in the world and continues his enormous rise over the past 12 months, during which time he’s moved up from No.254.
The two young talents traded games in the first set before, in the eighth game, he pounced to secure the break and a 5-3 lead.
After closing out the first set in style, Thompson again made the most of his chances to take the second comfortably.
Having won an early break in the third, and seemingly in complete control, Thompson was forced to dig deep when Djere fought back to earn two set points on Thompson’s serve.
But the Sydneysider held firm to level the set at 5-5 and immediately broke his rival to set up the win.
Rain proved troublesome for tournament organisers again on Monday, with matches postponed following a lengthy delay.
One of the casualties is Australian Arina Rodionova, whose clash with highly-rated Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh has been pushed back to day three – where she will join fellow Australians Bernard Tomic, Sam Groth and Daria Gavrilova in action.
John Millman, whose match has been held over from Sunday, and Australia’s top-ranked female Samantha Stosur are still scheduled to get on court on Monday.