Two years after contemplating a life without tennis, Murray Bridge's Alex Bolt has starred on the number one court at Wimbledon.
He faced Great Britain's Kyle Edmund, ranked 17 in the world, on Tuesday night, in only his second appearance in the main draw at a grand slam.
Though he lost the first two sets 2-6 and 3-6, he brought up a set point in the third before hometown hero Edmund recovered to win the game, set (7-5) and match.
His attention will now shift to the doubles tournament, in which he and evergreen Aussie warrior Lleyton Hewitt will face South Africa's Raven Klaasen and New Zealand's Michael Venus at 12.30am on Thursday.
Though he has twice reached the quarter finals at the Australian Open's doubles competition, this will be just the second time he has made it this far on foreign soil.
Bolt had qualified for the singles tournament by defeating countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis in four sets last week.
That achievement was remarkable, coming as it did so soon after his hiatus from the sport.
“(I) came back at the start of 2017, and then two years later I’m qualifying for Wimbledon - would never have dreamt of this in my life,” he told tennis.com.au.
“I didn’t know what to do (on match point).
"I just hit the volley and hit didn’t go for it and I just collapsed.
"I felt like I lost control of my whole body."
He said it had been tough to play against one of his best mates on tour.
"I keep in touch with him a lot; we basically talk every day," he said.
"It was tough ... but I’m pretty grateful for the win.”
Bolt won his first professional title in four years at a challenger event in Zhuhai, China in March, where he made it all the way from qualifying to the final by winning seven matches in a row.