Ebden has what it takes to win a grand slam - time

AT 25, Matthew Ebden has plenty of time on his side in his quest for a maiden grand slam singles title.

Like most people, Ebden knows how valuable time is - so much so, he is a connoisseur of horology, evident by his collection of watches.

"It probably started when I received my first Swatch watch my dad brought me back from the US, when I was about five," he said.

"Since then I've read a lot, and have gradually become more and more interested and educated about it.

"I find it fascinating - the craftsmanship and minute details that go into creating complicated mechanisms."

Complicated also comes to mind when thinking about the challenge facing the Perth resident and world No.109 in his round-one Wimbledon match-up against the 12th seed, Japan's Kei Nishikori, tomorrow night.

Ebden, who received a wildcard for this prestigious grass event, had been ranked as high as No. 61 in the world last year.

He has already experienced the thrill of winning a grand slam tournament, teaming with Jarmila Gajdosova to win the mixed doubles crown at the Australian Open in January.

"It definitely helps, knowing in big matches deep in tournaments, that you have what it takes to play big points and matches well, and win," he said.

"It was a very special thing winning a grand slam doubles title."

And more recently, Ebden won his first ATP Challenger title in Nottingham, two weeks ago.

"Right after the French Open I spent a week training hard in London physically and on the grass," he said.

"That definitely set me up well. To win that first tournament when you step onto the grass definitely gives me a lot of confidence moving forward with my game."

Ebden, who grew up playing on grass and hard courts in Perth, said he had plenty of confidence on the surface.

"I think Perth might have the most grass courts in the world. So I feel very comfortable moving and playing on it, which is definitely a bonus each time the grass season comes around," he said.



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