Ebden out to make Wimbledon impact
After reaching the semis in 's-Hertogenbosch and the quarters in Halle, Matt Ebden aims for an even bigger showing on the grandest grass courts of all.
Matt Ebden isn’t at Wimbledon to make up the numbers.
In the form of his life, the late-blooming West Australian faces Belgian 10th seed David Goffin in round one and believes it’s a match he should be winning.
“I’ve played him late last year in Tokyo, (lost) 7-6 in the third. He won and was on a streak, he’d won two or three tournaments back-to-back there. That was as good a level as any,” Ebden said ahead of their return bout on Tuesday.
“I’ve got to maybe get over the line in that one if I want to take it up another level and come to a position where I can get myself seeded and so I don’t have to play seeds first round.”
Ebden, at a career-high No.51 in the world after rebuilding a ranking that stooped to 699th early last year after a seven-month battle with injury, is oozing confidence after enjoying the best spell of his life.
He even pushed eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer last week in Halle after taking out former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber, prompting the right-hander to claim anything was possible over the coming fortnight.
“I’ve played lots of really high level matches the last few weeks,” the 30-year-old said.
“I didn’t play this week so I get some rest, train and prepare here, and prepare for a two-week event.
“For sure I’m playing to win and I believe I’m playing well enough to win those sorts of (ATP) events, and even these sort (Grand Slam) events now,” he said.
“I haven’t obviously proven that, haven’t gone deep in slams, best of fives, yet. But I may.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if my best tennis, years, ranking, results, all that’s ahead of me. And that’s even showing already.
“So I’m not sort of surprised (with) whatever happens in the next couple of weeks – I could lose first round or I could find myself in 13 days’ time in the quarters or semis.”
Ebden attributes his rankings rise to new-found consistency.
“I feel like I’m playing at just about as good a level as anyone,” he said.
“And it’s going to come down to how well I do it throughout the matches here in this beautiful place – no better place to do it.”
Men’s singles, first round
15-Nick Kyrgios v Denis Istomin (UZB)
James Duckworth v 4-Alexander Zverev (GER)
Matt Ebden v 10-David Goffin (BEL)
Alex Bolt v 23-Kyle Edmund (GBR)
Alex De Minaur v 29-Marco Cecchinato (ITA)
Bernard Tomic v Hubert Hurkacz (POL)
Women’s singles, first round
17-Ashleigh Barty v Stefanie Voegele (SUI)
26-Daria Gavrilova v Zarina Diyas (KAZ)
Samantha Stosur v Peng Shaui (CHN)