British men close on main draw

After elder sister Naomi’s departure from the female qualifiers Liam, 21, edged a fiercely-contested affair with American Jared Donaldson,??winning 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 in a match lasting just over three hours.

Edmund, 20, came from a set down to beat another American, Austin Krajicek, 4-6??7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

“I played a practice set with Jared a couple of days ago so I knew he was a??very good player,” said Broady, who finished the match in style with??back-to-back aces.

“I expected myself to win but he put up a massive fight,??especially on massive points. But I stayed strong in the end and came through??it.

“I had really high expectations coming in because I finished last year??strongly and it would mean the world to qualify for my first grand slam.”

Broady will face American Michael Russell in the final round of qualifying on??Saturday, while Edmund takes on Australian Dane Propoggia.