Sherwood performs on home ground

David Sherwood provided solace for British fans on an opening day of anti-climax for the wild-card hopefuls.

David Sherwood provided solace for British fans on an opening day of anti-climax for the wild-card hopefuls.

The 6ft 4in Yorkshireman, hero of Great Britain’s Davis Cup team earlier this year, took another giant step forward when he beat Brazilian Ricardo Mello in straight sets in his first-ever singles match at Wimbledon.

The British number eight, who combined with Andrew Murray to win the all-important doubles match against Israel in Tel Aviv, showed all his Yorkshire grit to beat a player ranked more than 200 places above him in the world.

Sherwood gained a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory to become the first Yorkshireman to win at Wimbledon since Roger Taylor three decades ago and will now meet Feliciano Lopez, the 26th seed who beat teenage sensation Rafael Nadal in the 2003 Spanish Championships.

The 25-year-old Sherwood, son of former Olympic medalists John and Sheila, then revealed that he had lost almost a stone in weight after going down with tonsilitis and not eating for four days earlier this month.

“My serve was starting to fade a bit in the third set,” he said.

“That’s probably the main thing that I’ve got to go away and work on for Wednesday.

“Playing this match will have helped. I’ve put quite a bit of weight on and worked hard in the gym with my dad. My fitness is not that bad.”

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