MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12:  Marc Polmans of Australia plays a backhand shot in his match against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia during day three of the 2017 Priceline Pharmacy Classic at Kooyong on January 12, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Aussie teen Polmans upsets Youzhny at Kooyong

Posted on January 12, 2017

Australian teenager Marc Polmans played exceptionally well in an exhibition match to close day three of the 2017 Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic, defeating former world number eight Mikhail Youzhny.

The 19-year-old, ranked 224 in the world, was blown away early by the Russian but found his feet in the second set and went on to claim a 2-6 6-2 (11-9) victory decided by a 10-point match tiebreak.

“I just got better as the match went on,” Polmans said afterwards still smiling.

“It took me a while to get used to his level, he came out of the blocks firing.

“So I came out a bit nervous but at the end of the match I was well and truly in the match.”

In the match would have been an understatement during the second set when he raced out to a 4-1 lead and then Polmans was good enough to close out the match in a super tiebreak after one hour and 21 minutes of play.

“Yeah to experience that, it’s really tough to get, you can’t play against a top 100 player every day so coming out there and playing against him was an awesome privilege,” Polmans added.

“Also, to get up in that super tiebreak when it was 9-5 and then he got it back to 9-9, yeah it was a bit nerve-wracking but I’m just happy I got the win.”

Polmans unfortunately lost his Australian Open qualifying match on Wednesday but is still alive in the doubles and mixed doubles for the upcoming Grand Slam.

“It’s a big boost to my confidence, I’ll certainly take that into my next tournaments,” he added.

“I’ve got to keep working hard.”

Youzhny, currently ranked 59 in the world, started fast but seemed to be restricted in his movement after the first set, although was confident that his body is okay leading into the Open.

“It was pretty good, I started well but it was very difficult – windy and hot,” he said.

“Yeah it’s okay (the back), no problem.

“I feel okay (for the Australian Open), I have a few more days preparation so it should be fine.”

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