Remember the name: Lucky loser Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard wins best of five match in just 73 minutes with 27 aces

Thursday, 04 July 2024 at 21:10
Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard has found his way into the consciousness of tennis fans in recent months as one to watch and he is not dissuading from that as he obliterated Yoshihito Nishioka in just 72 minutes in a best of five match at Wimbledon.
Mpetshi Perricard's serve in particular is a potent part of his arsenal as he sent down a remarkable 27 aces during the match as he won through 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. Considering he lost in the last round of qualifying albeit narrowly, he has made good on his late chance.
A player that certainly won't be going through qualifying for much longer, he is into the third round on his Wimbledon debut after previously also seeing off Sebastian Korda in five sets with four tie-breaks. Albeit it wasn't as good ace wise as his opener where he fired down 51 aces with one of the biggest serves in history.
A player who embodies the likes of John Isner and Ivo Karlovic, he previously said that he looked up to them. “I watched Isner a lot, Raonic as well when I was younger,” Perricard said. “I didn’t realise when I was young that I would play like this. But now I can watch footage of them back and say, ‘Yeah, I can take some of their good parts for their game and develop it to myself.’”
He has only just started playing on grass too with the World No.58 first competing on the surface last year before he finally won a game in Queen's last month and he continues to embrace the surface and its nuances adapting his game accordingly. Next up will be the winner of Emil Ruusuvuori or Stefanos Tsitsipas with the former currently leading. Francisco Comesana another surprise package also sits in the same section so in reality a fourth round could await between two unseeded players. The former plays Lorenzo Musetti next.

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