WATCH: Hard work pays off as Leo Borg, son of tennis great Bjorn, wins first ATP match

Leo Borg during a match

The Borg family name returned to the winners’ circle on the ATP Tour on Tuesday as Leo Borg, son of the great Bjorn Borg, won his maiden top-level match.

Playing in only his third ATP Tour match, the 20-year-old Leo defeated fellow Swede Elias Ymer in straight sets to notch up his first-ever victory.

“I have worked so hard for this for so many years and today was the day I got the result,” Borg said. “I’m very happy with my performance today and how mentally strong I was. Elias and I have a good relationship and overall it was good tennis.”

The Swede’s win comes nearly 30 years after his father’s last professional match as the 11-time Grand Slam winner suffered a straight-sets defeat in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in November 1993.

Borg senior’s last victory came 10 years before that Kremlin Cup defeat as he won his opening match at the Monte Carlo Open before losing in the second round before announcing his shock retirement in 1984. He then in 1991, but failed to win a single match.

In 2021, Bjorn admitted that the surname is putting a lot of pressure on his son, telling the New York Times: “He’s always going to be reminded of me, and that’s kind of a burden for him.

“So I don’t put pressure on him, and I try to make sure that the life he lives doesn’t give him any pressure. That’s our way of helping him. Then, the only person who can put pressure on him is himself.”

Back to 2023 and world No 437 Leo, who lost his previous two ATP matches against Tommy Paul in the Stockholm Open in 2021 and 2022, won 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in one hour and 47 minutes.

Borg initially found himself on the back foot as he was broken in game six, but hit back immediately and it the opening set went to a tie-breaker. He also found himself down a mini break, but bounced back to take the set.

An early break in game two of the second set calmed the nerves and he held firm before serving it out to love for a big win.

The youngster is also 0-13 at ATP Challenger Tour level, but he will now get a chance to make it two wins in a row at ATP Tour level as he will face Argentine Federico Coria in the second round.

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