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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 17:04 PM BST
Corrie hopes for "lucky" Court 16
The Briton needs one more win to qualify for the main draw READ MORE

Ed Corrie will no doubt hope his name appears on Court 16’s order of play on Thursday.

Having beaten American teenager Tommy Paul there in the first round of qualifying, he produced a pitch-perfect 6-0, 6-3 victory over Michael Berrer on his return in the second, moving within one match of a Grand Slam draw for the first time.

“It was better than expected,” Corrie said of his performance. “I’ve had a good grass court season and a solid start to the year, so I definitely felt confident. We had a good game plan, but for eight games I hardly missed a ball – I couldn’t have executed much better, so I was ecstatic with that.”

Corrie, one of four British men to reach the second round of qualifying in Roehampton, was virtually untouchable in the first set. Berrer, the former world No.42, reached the first round at Wimbledon for the sixth time in 2015 in what he announced was to be his last season on tour.

The LTA and All England Club have been very good to me over the years – they keep showing me they believe in me

- Ed Corrie

A solid campaign convinced the 35-year-old to delay his departure but whatever questions he asked of Corrie, the wild card answered with a flourish.

All 13 of this year’s British qualifying entrants are wild cards, with eight – four men and four women – reaching the second round.

“I got the call,” said an appreciative Corrie, in the qualifying draw for the second time. “I definitely had a lot of adrenaline yesterday and a few nerves at the start of the match, but I think that’s pretty normal at the start of a tournament, especially a big tournament, the biggest in the world.

“I’ve always been well-supported. The LTA and All England Club have been very good to me over the years – they keep showing me they believe in me.”

How he repaid that faith on Wednesday. The first set was outstanding from Corrie, who was surgical at the net and lasered a series of backhand passes to break the towering German three times. “I knew Michael, with his experience, would keep pushing me, so I maintained my level and got the second as well,” said the 28-year-old. 

Elsewhere, it proved a hard day for Great Britain’s other second-round representatives in the men’s draw. Londoner Joe Salisbury and Austin Krajicek produced one of the most entertaining contests of the tournament to date out on Court 14 – one point drawing an ‘Ole!’ after Salisbury met the American’s ‘tweener with a diving volley winner – but it was Krajicek who advanced with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory. 

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Back on Court 16, Daniel Cox found the going tough against Austria’s Dennis Novak, falling 6-3, 7-5, but Marcus Willis ensured there will be two players in the final round of qualifying with a hard-earned 7-5, 6-3 victory over Russia’s Andrey Rublev. The world No.708 will face Russian opposition once more in the final round in the form of Daniil Medvedev, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over France’s Vincent Millot.