SUNDERLAND starlet Daniel Bennett pulled off the result of the day at the Aegon British Junior National Championships after knocking out the 15th seed Ben Wood 6-0, 1-6, 7-6 (1) after only entering the tournament on a wildcard.
The 15-year-old wasn’t able to qualify for the tournament at the Nottingham Tennis Centre but was granted a place in the tournament and repaid the faith with a stunning performance in a gruelling three-set match.
After flying out of the blocks to stun his opponent, who is a year his senior, 6-0 in the opening set Bennett slipped up in the second before fighting back from Wood serving for the match to come through on tie-break.
And following the game of the day Bennett admitted his confidence was through the roof and he was ready to ruffle some more feathers in this year’s tournament – with fourth seed Enrique Vidal next up.
“I certainly fancy it (an upset),” he said. “I have been here before when other players have won it unseeded, so why not me?
“I think I have the game and I am mentally strong as well.
“After winning the first set 6-0 I thought I was awful in the second to let him back into it, so there was a little bit of relief when I finally came through in the end.
“I am glad I got the wildcard but I have been playing quite a bit around Europe so I have learnt a fair bit and I am just looking forward to getting stuck into the next match.”
The Aegon British Junior National Championships in Nottingham runs until Saturday.