Liam Broady
Liam Broady was handed a wildcard entry to Wimbledon this summer Getty

Liam Broady has become the first British player to progress to the second round at Wimbledon, following an impressive victory over world number 138 Marinko Matosevic.

The 21 year old, whose sister Naomi is also competing at the All-England Club this year, dropped the first two sets against his Australian opponent but showed a steely resolve and rallied back brilliantly to take the match 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in a time of three hours and 13 minutes on court 18.

It was wildcard Broady's maiden victory at a grand slam event in his very first attempt and earns him a cool £47,000 ($73,900).

"The crowd was fantastic - they made the experience," he told the BBC afterwards.

"After the first two sets wanted to give the crowd more. I managed to sneak the third set and that was the best feeling of my life. So to win the match was fantastic."

Social media was full of praise for the plucky effort, which included 14 aces and 64 winners, with Andy Murray tweeting to his compatriot: "Well done @Liambroady big comeback win."


Murray, meanwhile, begins his attempt to capture a second Wimbledon title tomorrow (30 June) with a first-round tie against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.

Johanna Konta is currently in action against fourth seed Maria Sharapova on centre court, while Heather Watson meets Caroline Garcia later this evening.

James Ward will square off against Luca Vanni after original opponent David Ferrer was forced to withdraw from the tournament over the weekend due to an elbow injury.