Australian qualifier Jason Kubler has been holding his nerves to fight his way into the third round of Wimbledon with a straight sets victory over Dennis Novak.

After being asked to sleep with a two-sets-to-love and a 5-4 lead, Kubler returned to the All England Club on Friday to close out the game coolly and make the last 32 of a grand slam for the first time. reach.

Barely broke into a sweat, Kubler needed just two minutes plus the warm-up to take the 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory and set a date for Saturday with the winner of the all-American affair between Jack Sock and Maxime Cressy.

The 29-year-old had just broken Novak and was about to serve for the game on Thursday when the heavens opened, eliciting a wry smile from the self-proclaimed “Australian tennis fighter” as he grabbed his gear and took cover.

Whether he wins or loses his next game, it was the best career of his career for Kubler, who has made more money in the past week than all season.

A place in the last 32 at the All England Club is worth a minimum of $213,000.

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