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Jordan Thompson has come through the most dramatic of Australian Open Play-off

Jordan Thompson has come through the most dramatic of Australian Open Play-off finals to confirm his place in the main draw at Australian Open 2015.
The New South Welshman defended his Play-off title with an epic 6-1 6-3 1-6 6-7(2) 9-7 over second seed John-Patrick Smith, played in brutally hot conditions at Melbourne Park on Sunday.
As the match wore on and the temperature climbed into the mid 30s, it became a battle of physical fitness and mental will over technique and tactics.
The trainer was on court attending to both players; Thompson suffered a blood nose and quadricep cramps while Smith sustained a jarred knee and was later stricken with even more serious cramps.
Slumped in a courtside chair following the victory, Thompson spoke to the media and recounted “the most gruelling match” he had ever played.
“I couldn’t even remember the score when I was winning – I just knew I had to win one more game,” he said.
“If I go to five in the Australian Open hopefully I’ll be fitter for it and hopefully it won’t be as hot, because I really think that hurt me.
“I just competed really well and got there in the end.”


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