Australian Jason Kubler and Czech Lukas Rosol, who stunned Rafael Nadal at The Championships a decade ago, led 16 qualifiers through to the main draw at Wimbledon on Thursday.
Kubler, the second seed in qualifying, cruised past Swede Elias Ymer 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and six minutes to confirm his place in the main draw. The No. 98 player in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings needed a deciding set in his first two matches at Roehampton, but he earned five service breaks to triumph. It is the second time he has qualified for the grass-court major, having done so in 2018.
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Ten years ago, Rosol shocked Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon, marking one of the most memorable upsets of the decade in tennis. However, entering this week, the 36-year-old had not advanced to the main draw here since 2017. The Czech changed that on Thursday with a 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 6-4 win against Argentine Renzo Olivo.
Former Top 10 star Jack Sock also moved on with a 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 victory against Frenchman Hugo Grenier. The American reached the third round in 2016.
The final around of qualifying featured best-of-five action compared to best-of-three for the first two rounds, and there were three five-setters. Switzerland’s Marc-Andrea Huesler outlasted Chinese Taipei’s Jason Jung 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, Austrian Dennis Novak battled past American Stefan Kozlov 7-5, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, and American Christian Harrison rallied past German Daniel Masur 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
The other qualifiers were Frenchman Enzo Couacaud, Switzerland’s Alexander Ritschard, Germany’s Nicola Kuhn, Australia’s Max Purcell, Germany’s Maximilian Marterer, Moldovan’s Radu Albot, Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin, Spain’s Bernabe Zapata Miralles, Slovakia’s Lukas Klein and Italy’s Andrea Vavassori.
The Wimbledon draw will take place Friday.