Ruud upset by 142nd-ranked Broady at Wimbledon; Fritz blows 2-set lead

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Two men in the top 10 bowed out of Wimbledon on Thursday.

No. 4 seed Casper Ruud and top-ranked American Taylor Fritz lost their second-round matchups in five sets despite holding early leads over opponents well below them in the ATP rankings.

Britain's Liam Broady, ranked 142nd in the world, stormed back from a 2-1 deficit to record a stunning 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory over two-time French Open finalist Ruud in front of an adoring crowd on Centre Court.

Broady will face Canadian No. 26 seed Denis Shapovalov in the third round.

Afterward, Fritz - the No. 9 seed and highest-ranked American on the ATP Tour who reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last year - blew a two-set lead en route to a 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 loss to Mikael Ymer.

Ymer will face unseeded Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan in the third round.

Despite Ruud's lofty standing in the ATP rankings, the Norwegian has struggled on grass for some time. As a No. 3 seed last year, Ruud fell to 112th-ranked Frenchman Ugo Humbert in the second round. Humbert had lost in the first round of his six prior Grand Slam appearances.

Broady won the first set Thursday but faced elimination after dropping the next two. An early break in the fourth set allowed the 29-year-old to seize momentum. He went on to win 12 of the last 15 games.

"I said to my mom this morning - she doesn't like watching - I said, 'Look, I've already won £80,000 this week, so you can chill out a bit,'" the Stockport, England, native said.

Broady also reached the third round of last year's Wimbledon before falling to Australian Alex de Minaur in straight sets. But on Thursday, he became just the fourth wild card to defeat a top-four seed at Wimbledon after Pat Cash in 1986, Goran Ivanisevic in 2001, and Nick Kyrgios in 2014.