Kubler to last 16 in Wimbledon dream

Jason Kubler has written another delightfully unlikely chapter in his inspiring Wimbledon fairy tale by making his way to the last 16 in his very first five-set match.

The 29-year-old Australian, who has battled injury to rediscover the magic that took him to world No. 1 as a junior, defeated American Jack Sock 6-2 4-6 5-7 7-6 (7- 4) 6-3 in the longest game of the entire tournament on Saturday.

When it came to a final dogfight, the Queenslander, who enjoys his new billing as the archetypal ‘Aussie fighter’, memorably complied against the much more experienced Sock, who outranked and defeated him at four hours and 15 minutes.

Kubler already enjoyed the best grand slam of his career after three tough qualifying rounds and two solid wins in the main draw, but Kubler is now in nosebleed territory as he enters the second week of a slam for the first time.

The Brisbane man’s progression is staggering as this is only his second Tour-level grass field event and he had to dive deep into his energy reserves to come back from two sets to one deficit and hold out in a tiebreaker in the fourth set .

Then, in unfamiliar waters against a former top-10 player who was in his 12th five-setter, Kubler, playing with undaunted aggression, went straight on the attack on the decider, earning a quick break to get a handle on the game he was about to face. do not give up.

And the dream may not be over for Kubler, the man who as a youngster underwent multiple surgeries to deal with a hereditary knee condition that has plagued him ever since.

Then Kubler, who has already eliminated one seed in the form of the British Dan Evans, will face the American eleventh seed Taylor Fritz or the Slovakian Alex Molcan.

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