At the 22nd attempt Matosevic wins a Grand Slam match – next up Murray


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There was plenty of drama on day three of the French Open with big names like Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki and Grigor Dimitrov crashing out while Andy Murray and Heather Watson delighted British fans with wins.

However, perhaps the most significant win of the day came on court five where Marinko Matosevic beat dreadlocked German Dustin Brown 7-6 (5) 6-4 6-7 (1) 7-5.

That is because 28-year-old Matosevic has been waiting a LONG time to taste victory at a Grand Slam event despite trying…and trying…and trying.

Matosevic is known as a bit of a prankster and is one of the most popular players on tour.

However, he has become somewhat of a cult hero amongst tennis fans for an unwanted reason - because he had never won a match at a Grand Slam...until today.

The match against Brown was the 13th time he played in the first round of a Grand Slam, and after 12 defeats, he finally got the victory he so craved.

If you include Grand Slam events in which he played in the qualifiers, this is the 22nd time that Matosevic has played in a tennis Major.

"I feel like there is a huge gorilla off my shoulders," he said after the win. "It's just relief more than anything else really.

"Hopefully, it can free me up now."

Before beating Brown, he twice came close to causing big upset. At the 2013 US Open he was 2-0 up in set against Marin Cilic only to see the Croatian hit back and win it in five.

Then, at this year's Australian Open, he took Japan's Kei Nishikori to five sets before again coming up just short.

He first played a Grand Slam match at the Australian Open in 2010 but over the last two years has become a real regular at the big events – playing in the last eight Slams.

Currently ranked number 66 in the world, he has been as high as 39th and reached the final of one ATP tournament in the past – the 2012 ATP Delray Beach event.

Next up for Matosevic? Well it just so happens to be our very own Andy Murray.

"He's an interesting character, that's for sure," Murray said. "He's a good guy and he's good fun, good fun around the locker room, always makes everyone smile, makes everyone laugh," Murray admitted.

Hopefully Matosevic won't have to wait so long for his second Grand Slam victory, although British fans might be hoping it doesn't come until Wimbledon at least.

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