In a wonderful twist of fate, 17-year-old Daniel Vishnick secured a 6-3 6-2 victory in the first round of the ITF Juniors Grade 5 event in Le Diamanr, Martinique, just one day after losing to the very same opponent in the final qualifying round.
Vishnick, unranked and having never won a main draw Juniors match, enjoyed a bye through the first round of qualifying before securing a 6-1 6-1 victory over Gregorio Fernandez of Spain in the penultimate round.
Then, the Brit fell to a 6-7 6-4 6-2 defeat at the hands of Frenchman Martin Barbier, a result which normally would have seen him eliminated from the competition.
However, as luck would have it, Vishnick was given a reprieve, and re-entered the draw as a lucky loser. There he would play Barbier once again. This time, instead of succumbing to a three set defeat, the Brit played a storming match, winning 6-3 6-2 to collect his first set of singles ranking points and put himself firmly on the junior tennis map.
The Brit may find it tough going in his next match, though: he’ll most likely face third seed Bernardo Amaral Neves, ranked #633 in the world.