Bogdanovic out at Eastbourne
BRITISH number two Alex Bogdanovic insists he is in the shape of his life despite losing an epic three-setter to Dmitry Tursunov at the AEGON International.
EYES ON THE PRIZE: Alex Bogdanovic has previously failed to take his clay form onto the grass and has never won at Wimbledon (Getty Images)
The 25-year-old looked to be on his way to a famous victory when he took the first set against the world number 27 before losing 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 in the second round at Eastbourne.
Bogdanovic - who has been handed a wildcard into next week's Wimbledon for the eighth year running - was a man in form going into the game against the Russian after a first-round victory against Czech Republic's Ivo Minar.
But despite finding Tursunov a step too far, Bogdanovic is adamant he can win his first ever match at the All England Club next week.
"I wanted to play as many matches as I could on grass before Wimbledon and I've been able to do that so I feel prepared," said Bogdanovic - who has never won a match on All England Club grass.
"I think this is the best I've played. I'm playing some really good tennis and I'm going into Wimbledon with great confidence.
"It's always tough to lose matches like that. It could've been anybody's match but I played a solid game.
"In the second set my serving wasn't as good and I gave him more chances to attack me which cost me. But I did well to come this far."
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