Jones' win over Melzer a career highlight

David Ferrer reacts to winning the Heineken Tennis Open for a record equaling forth time.
David Ferrer reacts to winning the Heineken Tennis Open for a record equaling forth time.
David Ferrer on his way to winning the Heineken Tennis Open.
David Ferrer on his way to winning the Heineken Tennis Open.
David Ferrer beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 in the second semi fianl of the Heineken Open.
David Ferrer beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 in the second semi fianl of the Heineken Open.
David Ferrer celebrates his win against Gael Monfils.
David Ferrer celebrates his win against Gael Monfils.
Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany reacts as he wins the first semi final on day five of the Heineken Open.
Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany reacts as he wins the first semi final on day five of the Heineken Open.
Sam Querrey from the US stretches to return a ball from Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Sam Querrey from the US stretches to return a ball from Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany on his way to winning the first semi final.
Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany on his way to winning the first semi final.
Gel Monfils beat Tommy Haas to progress to the semifinals.
Gel Monfils beat Tommy Haas to progress to the semifinals.
Sam Querrey on day four of the Heineken Open.
Sam Querrey on day four of the Heineken Open.
Belgium's Xavier Malisse in action on centre court in the quarter finals of the Heineken Open.
Belgium's Xavier Malisse in action on centre court in the quarter finals of the Heineken Open.
Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during day four of the Heineken Open New Zealand Quarter finals.
Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during day four of the Heineken Open New Zealand Quarter finals.
A fan watches the Heineken Open.
A fan watches the Heineken Open.
David Ferrer hits a forehand during his three-set win over Lu Yen-Hsun.
David Ferrer hits a forehand during his three-set win over Lu Yen-Hsun.
Gael Monfils plays a shot between his legs during his straight sets win over Australian Greg Jones.
Gael Monfils plays a shot between his legs during his straight sets win over Australian Greg Jones.
Philipp Kohlschreiber on his way to victory on day three of the Heineken Open.
Philipp Kohlschreiber on his way to victory on day three of the Heineken Open.
Germany's Tommy Hass in training on day three.
Germany's Tommy Hass in training on day three.
Xavier Malisse during day three of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
Xavier Malisse during day three of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
Olivier Rochus on day three of the Heineken Open New Zealand.
Olivier Rochus on day three of the Heineken Open New Zealand.
Heineken promotion girls at the Heineken Open.
Heineken promotion girls at the Heineken Open.
Colombia's Santiago Giraldo during day 3 of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
Colombia's Santiago Giraldo during day 3 of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
Gael Monfils entertained the fans during his win in three sets over Benjamin Becker.
Gael Monfils entertained the fans during his win in three sets over Benjamin Becker.
Greg Jones powered past Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the Heineken Open, beating the sixth seed 7-6(7) 6-2.
Greg Jones powered past Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the Heineken Open, beating the sixth seed 7-6(7) 6-2.
Dan King-Turner in action during his first round loss.
Dan King-Turner in action during his first round loss.
Igor Sijsling moves into the second round after beating fellow Dutchman Robin Haase.
Igor Sijsling moves into the second round after beating fellow Dutchman Robin Haase.
Xavier Malisse showed great composure to claim an upset win in round one over seventh seed Martin Klizan.
Xavier Malisse showed great composure to claim an upset win in round one over seventh seed Martin Klizan.
David Goffin was spirited early in his match against Thomasz Bellucci before falling away to a straight sets loss.
David Goffin was spirited early in his match against Thomasz Bellucci before falling away to a straight sets loss.
Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil plays a forehand during his first round match against David Goffin of Belgium.
Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil plays a forehand during his first round match against David Goffin of Belgium.
Xavier Malisse of Belgium returns a shot in his match with Martin Klizan of Slovakia.
Xavier Malisse of Belgium returns a shot in his match with Martin Klizan of Slovakia.
Martin Klizan of Slovakia fires a return during his match with Xavier Malisse today.
Martin Klizan of Slovakia fires a return during his match with Xavier Malisse today.
Matwe Middelkoop of Netherlands serves in his first round match against Igor Sijsling.
Matwe Middelkoop of Netherlands serves in his first round match against Igor Sijsling.
Benjamin Becker from Germany returns a shot in his match with Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
Benjamin Becker from Germany returns a shot in his match with Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
Lukas Rosol on his way to losing his match with Benjamin Becker in straight sets.
Lukas Rosol on his way to losing his match with Benjamin Becker in straight sets.
Igor Sijsling of Netherlands plays a backhand in his first round match against compatriot Matwe Middelkoop.
Igor Sijsling of Netherlands plays a backhand in his first round match against compatriot Matwe Middelkoop.
A high gust of wind created a little havoc for the first umpire on court this morning.
A high gust of wind created a little havoc for the first umpire on court this morning.
Benjamin Becker lines up a serve on his way to winning his match with Lukas Rosol earlier today.
Benjamin Becker lines up a serve on his way to winning his match with Lukas Rosol earlier today.

With typical Australian swag, Greg Jones strolled into the second round of the Heineken Open yesterday.

The Sydney-based qualifier wasn't good enough to secure a wildcard entry to the Australian Open - a tournament he's always dreamed of playing in - yet with a bold, nothing-to-lose attitude he wiped Auckland's centre court with sixth seed Jurgen Melzer for a straight sets upset, the most memorable of his fleeting career. 

"He's probably the best player I've ever played so to win is an unbelievable feeling," Jones, wearing his "flip flops" post match, said.

"In those bigger moments I thought 'to hell with it' and just had a go." 

The 23-year-old's unknown status and the fact he emerged through tough qualifying may have unsettled the world No. 29 Melzer.

Another advantage was the crowd support for the Aussie - surely a first for Kiwi supporters.  

"I was fortunate he probably hasn't seen me play but I've seen him a lot on television throughout all the Grand Slams and he made the semis of the French Open," Jones said.

"I've got a huge amount of respect for him and I was probably lucky that I was on my game."

Injuries and self-confidence issues blighted Jones' 2012 form.

His ranking slipped 194 places - from 179 to 373 - but if he can maintain his aggressive tactics in the second round, where he's likely to meet former world No. 7 Gael Monfils, anything is possible.

"I had a diabolical last year to be honest," Jones said. "I was injured for three months with my knee then five weeks at the end of the year with my elbow.

In between that it was probably one large mental injury.

"There was frustration at being injured and seeing my ranking drop every week without being able to do anything about it and then also when I came back I had to play on clay for my knee so it was difficult to win matches."

Having collected just US$260,634 in career earnings - 13-year veteran Melzer has won almost $8 million - Jones couldn't afford to bring any team members or supporters to Auckland.

Luckily, he is well acquainted with Kiwi players Daniel King-Turner, Michael Venus and Rubin Statham. The trio occupied his box while he sent Melzer packing.

"I'm lucky that I'm mates with a few guys in your Davis Cup team.

I travel with them a lot during the year. They were sitting in my box and cheering me on today."

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