Matosevic magic at the Brisbane International
TENNIS: Marinko Matosevic beat American Sam Querrey 5-7 7-6 6-4 yesterday to earn a potential match-up against 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer in the Brisbane International quarter-finals.
Matosevic, the third-highest ranked Australian men's player in the world at No.61, broke Querrey for the first time in the match to take a 3-0 lead in the final set.
With the crowd cheering him on, the 28-year-old managed to serve out the match, saying afterwards he felt his best tennis was ahead of him.
He might need that tomorrow - his opponent will be the winner of last night's match between Federer and Finland's Jarkko Niemenen - the Aussie saying he would love to get a shot at the Swiss maestro.
"I'm improving every year, and guys like Lleyton (Hewitt), Roger, (David) Ferrer, Tommy Haas, Jarrko Nieminen, they're an inspiration," Matosevic said.
"They keep getting better every year, and I feel like I'm improving every year, and the sky's the limit.
"I'd love to play the greatest ever player our sport's seen, it would be an honour to play him in Rafter Arena."
While Matosevic has the day off today, two other Aussies will be in action on centre court.
Hewitt will take on Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the final match of the day session, while big-serving Sam Groth has earned a night match against South African Kevin Anderson.
Hewitt's match will complete an all-star line-up, which starts with former world No.1 Maria Sharapova playing Estonia's Kai Kanepi. Sharapova had a walkover yesterday after her opponent, Aussie teenager Ashleigh Barty, withdrew after suffering a small tear in her left adductor during Tuesday's doubles match with countrywoman Casey Dellacqua.
Second up will be world No.1 Serena Williams who has drawn Slovakian Dominica Cibulkova.
Australia will complete its Hopman Cup schedule when it takes on Poland in Perth tonight.
The Aussie pair of Bernard Tomic and Samantha Stosur cannot make the final, but Poland, represented by Agnieszka Radwanska and Grzegorz Panfil, can secure a place in Saturday's decider with a 2-1 victory.