Bloomfield books place in quarter-finals

Norfolk's Richard Bloomfield battled through the pain barrier to dump British No 3 Alex Bogdanovic out of the Surbiton Trophy yesterday.

Norfolk's Richard Bloomfield battled through the pain barrier to dump British No 3 Alex Bogdanovic out of the Surbiton Trophy yesterday.

Bloomfield had never beaten Bogdanovic before in a senior match but overcame a back strain to win 6-2, 7-5.

Now the Alpington player has set his sights on springing another surprise against quarter-final opponent and No 4 seed Chris Guccione from Australia.

He said: “Chris will be a totally different proposition to Alex. I had a game plan for Alex and I will have to draw up another one for Chris.


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“I'm in good touch at the moment and hopefully I can just take that into my next match.

“My serve was firing and if that happens on grass then you always have a chance, no matter who is at the other end.

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“I used to beat Alex all the time as a junior but I could not follow that up in the seniors. But I came out of the blocks really well and just held my nerve.”

As for the injury, Bloomfield added: “I hurt my back and it was really stiff last night and this morning.

“I did not think I was going to be playing but once I got on the court the adrenaline took over.”

Bloomfield has been training at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton this week where he has received expert tutelage from Andy Murray's coach Brad Gilbert. And the 24-year-old insists that will send him into the Artois Championships full of confidence.

“I have got a wild card to Queen's and I can't wait for that to start,” added Bloomfield.

“You want to be testing yourself against the best players and at the moment I am feeling very good about my tennis.”

Both Bogdanovic and Bloomfield have received wild cards for Queen's.

Paul Hutchins, the Lawn Tennis Association's head of men's tennis, said: “Alex has worked very hard to be just outside the main draw cut.

“Richard is not far behind him so they both thoroughly deserve their wild cards.”

The Queen's line-up includes Tim Henman, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick - but British No. 1 Andrew Murray withdrew yesterday with the wrist injury that ruled him out of the French Open.

t Norfolk's James Auckland and partner Stephen Huss reached the semi-finals of the doubles at Surbiton yesterday following a 7-5, 7-6 win over British pair Josh Goodall and Ross Hutchins.

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