Raising the Bog standard
PUBLISHED: 15:38 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010
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ALEX Bogdanovic will have another chance to end his Wimbledon jinx after being granted a wild card entry for this year's tournament. The 25-year-old from Kilburn has never made it past the opening round in SW19...
ALEX Bogdanovic will have another chance to end his Wimbledon jinx after being granted a wild card entry for this year's tournament.
The 25-year-old from Kilburn has never made it past the opening round in SW19, falling at the first hurdle in each of his last seven attempts.
Bogdanovic (pictured, left) has suffered further dips in form of late but, as the build-up to next week's Wimbledon continues, he is in the second round at this week's AEGON International grass court warm-up event in Eastbourne.
The Wimbledon Championships Committee have given the British No2 and world No189 another chance to mix it on the biggest stage in world tennis, and Bogdanovic is hoping to secure his first victory in the competition.
"All I can do is go out there and try my hardest every time I step on court," he said. "For six months I have been working hard on the physical side of my game.
"I know that I can play good tennis and that I have the quality to be a top 100 player, and whether it happens this year or not, I'm not concerned."
Bogdanovic has spent much of the season competing in the second-tier ATP Challenger Series, and produced a disappointing display in the opening qualifying round at last week's AEGON Championships at Queen's Club, where he was beaten by Canadian Frank Dancevic in three closely-contested sets.
But in Eastbourne he banished the memory of that defeat by overcoming Austrian Julian Knowle in the qualifying round.
After winning his first-rounder in impressive fashion on Monday, beating Czech Republic's world No77 Ivo Minar 6-4 7-6, he faces Dimitri Tursunov in the second round today (Thursday).
This run of form will come as a relief to Bogdanovic, who will be hoping to banish the memory of his brief Wimbledon showing last year.
Facing Italian Simone Bolelli, Bogdanovic played poorly throughout and lost 6-7 6-4 3-6 7-6, the single set he won being only the third he has ever taken at Wimbledon.
Bogdanovic will find out tomorrow who he faces in the first round at Wimbledon. The tournament begins on Monday.
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