India’s No. 2 Junior player Yuvan Nandal made a miraculous comeback from 5-0 and 4 match points down to move into the second round of Australian Open. The 17yo secured his 1st Slam main draw win. His opponent retired after cramping in the last game of the match.
Balaram Dhulipala, ITD Representative from Melbourne had a chance to talk to Yuvan after the match.
Q) Thoughts on the match ?
YN : It was great, in the starting I was a bit nervous. It was a great feeling coming on the court looking at people here. But yeah I was nervous got off in the few games when I was down in the first set then I started to feel good and started to make a comeback won 6-3 in the second. Then I went to the toilet there were a lot of thoughts in my head about tennis and everything, but when I came back to the court this guy was firing up and fired me to 0-5. I had no options and then saved like 3 match points in that game but I was thinking like I can comeback. At 3-5 I just saw him cramping. Putting the balls in, 10 balls every point that what I was thinking and then when I saw him cramping again I started to feel confident and then I was like come on 10 more in, it started to get worse for him and at 6-5 he left the match. But yeah, he’s a good friend to me and he is a great player. I give him some electrolytes so hopefully he gets fine soon.