World No. 221 Matthew Ebden: I’m always confident with my level

World No. 221 Matthew Ebden claims he is always confident in his level and he absolutely believes he can compete against the best players in the world. 

Last week, Ebden as a qualifier made the Marseille semifinal, before retiring his semifinal match to world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev.

The Australian won a total of five matches in Marseille and he left the tournament with confidence despite ending it on an unfortunate way.

“I am always confident with my level, I was in the top-40 a couple of years ago,” Ebden said during his appearance on The First Serve.

“I’ve beaten a lot of top-10 players, had some big results. I am not surprised by my level but it is good to see the improvements paying off.

“I have improved myself as a player.”

When it comes to playing overseas, Ebden said: “It is kind of eye opening.”

Ebden stunned Karen Khachanov 

En route to making the Marseille semifinal, Ebden stunned 2018 Paris Masters champion Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinal.

Ebden lost the opening set against Khachanov but then recovered to win 4-6 6-4 6-2.

“Karen is a really quality player. I knew he’s gonna play really well. I have to play really aggressive and use my speed and my movement and all my shots,” Ebden said after stunning Khachanov.

“The serve, the forehand, the backhand, the volleys, the slice, defence, offence, you need it all against Karen, he’s such a quality player. I’m glad that I was able to execute it really well and stick with myself, imposing myself on the court.

“You know he’s got a big serve, a big forehand, so he can dictate the play if you let him, and he does it really well. So, I had to do that even better myself, on him, and it worked well.”

Before Marseille, Ebden made the second round at the Great Ocean Road Open and the quarterfinal in Singapore. 

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