South Africa’s number two singles player Lloyd Harris reached the main draw of the Australian Open after beating German veteran Dustin Brown 6-1 7-6(10) on Friday.
Harris won all three of his qualifying matches to earn a place for the second Grand Slam of his career.
“I felt I was playing some really good points in that second set but I couldn’t get the break,” Harris told the Australian Open website.
“He (Brown) just came up with some ridiculous volleys, and I was just happy to stay solid and win more of the important points in the end.”
The 22-year-old will have a tough first-round assignment against Russian sensation Daniil Medvedev, who is ranked 16th in the world.
“I’ll be happy with whoever I play,” said.
“Facing an experienced player on a big court might be just what I need, but also to play someone a little lower down and have a chance of winning would also be good.
“Obviously you have to go in there thinking you can beat anyone, but some spots are definitely easier than others.”
Harris reached his first Grand Slam at the 2018 US Open winning his three qualifying matches without dropping a set.
He lost his opening match 2-6 2-6 3-6 against former world number six Gilles Simon of France.
The 119th-ranked Harris will join South Africa’s top player Kevin Anderson, who is seeded fifth at the Aussie Open, in the draw.
Anderson will face France’s Adrian Mannarino in his opening match of the tournament next week.
Mannarino, ranked 61st in the world, reached the third third round of the 2018 Australian Open.
Anderson could face number two seed Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal and Roger Federer in the semi-final should he make it that far into the tournament.
He will be looking to become the first South African since Johan Kriek won back-to-back Australian Open crowns in 1981 and 1982 to win a Grand Slam title.