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Rising British ace Matusevich keen to stay cool after beating No.1 seed


By Robert Jones

It is fair to say that British junior Anton Matusevich is not your average 18-year-old.

Matusevich is the last remaining home hope in the boys' singles at Wimbledon after he knocked out top seed Holger Rune with an impressive 6-4 7-5 win.

After the contest, Matusevich, who has Russian heritage but comes from Kent, regaled in detail about the match with an encyclopedic knowledge of each point and how he felt at the time.

An accomplished piano player, he also delivered a passionate analysis of Johann Sebastian Bach's use of the D-minor scale, having already discussed his revision schedule for his A-Levels in maths, further maths and economics.

He is expected to achieve A* or As and must be a good bet to come out on top at SW19 after his victory over Rune.

"It's a great win, to win against the No.1 seed," he said. "Last week he destroyed me 6-2 6-2, so I knew what level he was coming in with, he just fought for every point.

"It's a great win, I've beaten the No.1 seed, but I want to win the tournament so I have got to take this and focus on my next match.

"As much as it is a good win, if I want to win the tournament I have to beat some more good players."

Matusevich, whose paternal grandfather was a world record holder in speed skating, is a different character on court.

He had friends supporting him and that led to some tension as Matusevich went to high five them before shaking his Danish opponent's hand at the end.

"They are my mates, I am quite an out there guy. I like to show emotions," he added.

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