But the 26-year-old was relieved to get through to the quarter-finals and hoped the play-off tournament was a springboard to bigger things. He faces fellow South Australian Luke Saville today for a spot in the last four. Both men are three wins away from gaining wildcard entries.
‘‘This is always the best time of year coming up, the Aussie summer, so I’m always looking forward to it,’’ Bolt said. ‘‘I’m always confident with the way I’m playing.
‘‘I was playing some good tennis at the start of last year and hopefully I can replicate that again this year. Not a lot [has changed]. I just keep on keeping on, focusing day by day and trying to do the right things day in, day out.’’
Bolt has been hard at work with Luczak, the Polish-born Aussie who twice reached the Australian Open third round.
‘‘I’m working more so on my return games and making a lot more balls in the court, trying to accumulate as much pressure as possible,’’ Bolt said.