Tasmanian tennis hope Harry Bourchier registered his first win in his return to competitive tennis on Tuesday, defeating journeyman Dayne Kelly 5-7 7-6 10-7.
Competing in the Melbourne edition of Tennis Australia's pro series played for universal tennis rating points while ATP tournaments are temporarily suspended, the win sees Bourchier sitting at one win and loss ahead of his final match.
The 24-year-old had the advantage of serving first, unlike Monday's clash with Alex Bolt, but was quickly put on the defensive, having his serve broken to love in just the third game.
Unable to break Bolt's serve in his first match of the tournament despite ten attempts, it took Bourchier just one to level things up with Kelly, getting things back to 3-all with ease.
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Bourchier survived a minor scare in the ninth game, putting the pressure back on Kelly by holding serve to go up 5-4 but Kelly steadied before breaking the Tasmanian's serve to put the first set on his terms.
The 29-year-old left-hander, who sits one spot below Bourchier in the Australian ATP rankings, took out the first set, looking to repeat the two previous wins against his former doubles partner.
In a repeat performance of Monday's clash, Bourchier had his serve broken in the first game of the second set as Kelly looked to continue the momentum he had going forward.
Kelly held serve to keep Bourchier at bay with the score at 2-0 before the pair traded respective blows, both continuing to win their service games until the Tasmanian was able to slide through and break serve for the second time in the match, using his seventh opportunity wisely to level up at 3-all.
He once again put the pressure back on Kelly at both 5-4 and 6-5, but the experienced player responded and took the second set to a tiebreak, which Bourchier was able to break away and take 7-1, forcing a 10-point match tiebreak.
The deciding tiebreak looked to be another toe-to-toe encounter until a blistering cross-court backhand opened things up for the Tasmanian and kept him in front, forcing a Kelly error to win.
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