Australian Jason Kubler and Czech Lukas Rosol, who stunned Rafael Nadal at the Championships a decade ago, led 16 qualifiers into the Wimbledon main draw on Thursday.
Kubler, seeded second in qualifying, beat Swede Elias Ymer 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and six minutes to confirm his place in the main draw. Pepperstone’s ATP-ranked No. 98 player needed a decisive set in his first two matches at Roehampton but earned five breaks of serve to triumph. This 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 hadn’t reached the main draw here since 2017. The Czech changed that on Thursday with a 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 6- 4 against Argentinian Renzo Olivo.
Former Top 10 star Jack Sock also followed that up with a 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 win over France’s Hugo Grenier. The American reached the third round in 2016.
The qualifying final featured best-of-five vs. best-of-three action for the first two rounds, and there were three five sets. Switzerland’s Marc-Andrea Huesler beat Jason Jung of Chinese Taipei 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, Austria’s Dennis Novak beat American Stefan Kozlov 7-5, 6 -4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, and American Christian Harrison beat Germany’s Daniel Masur 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
The other qualifiers were the French Enzo Couacaud, the Swiss Alexander Ritschard, the German Nicola Kuhn, the Australian Max Purcell, the German Maximilian Marterer, the Moldovan Radu Albot, the Kazakhstan Mikhail Kukushkin, the Spaniard Bernabe Zapata Miralles, the Slovak Lukas Klein and Italian Andrea Vavassori.
The Wimbledon draw will take place on Friday.