Aussie wildcard's 'impossible' $154k fairytale

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Australian wildcard Aleksandar Vukic has delivered the archetypal large upset of the Australian Open men's draw, stunning 30th effect Lloyd Harris successful 4 sets to proceed a breakout summer.

Ranked satellite No.144, Vukic remained calm successful the clutch to travel from down and decision South African Harris 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) successful conscionable nether 3 hours.

The triumph is Vukic's archetypal triumph astatine a expansive slam and volition spot him assertion his biggest portion of prize wealth of his career. Just for winning his archetypal circular lucifer Vukic volition nett a whopping cheque of $154,000 and that volition turn if helium tin relationship for Moldovan qualifier Radu Albot successful the 2nd round.

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Aleksandar Vukic playing against Lloyd Harris. (Joe Armao)

Speaking station match, Vukic told the media the effect was a imagination travel true.

"I grew up coming to the Australian Open astir years and watching the Aussies play," helium said.

"As a kid you imagination of it and it seems truthful acold away, it seems similar it's intolerable almost.

"Playing connected tribunal three, connected that signifier is thing I'll ever cherish."

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Vukic volition present look Albot, the satellite No.122, aft the Moldovan bushed Yoshihito Nishioka successful his opening match.

"(Albot) came done qualis and seems to beryllium playing well," Vukic said of his opponent.

"I cognize helium played 1 of my chap Aussies Chris O'Connell, played him past twelvemonth successful the 2nd circular arsenic good and took him out. So knowing that, I'm not taking him lightly astatine all."

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