Jason Kubler has been left in Wimbledon wonderland after continuing his stunning career renaissance at the All England Club.
The Brisbane qualifier dubbed his 6-1 6-4 6-3 demolition job on fancied British seed Dan Evans as “crazy” after winning his first-ever tour-level grass-court match while knocking out one of the home favourites on Tuesday.
The former world No.1 junior was almost in disbelief after completing a rare career double, having reached the second round at the French Open and Wimbledon out of qualifying.
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Kubler was Australia’s last man standing at Roland Garros and has now won matches at successive grand slams for the time in his injury-riddled career.
“This is crazy for me,” said Kubler, whose early brilliant promise as a teenager has been blunted down the years by countless injury woes including five knee surgeries.
“Just being able to play on this court was a big highlight for me in my career. To win is just the cherry on the top.”
Evans, who’d won the Nottingham Open in the Wimbledon build-up, could only applaud Kubler’s aggression and skill, which left the home crowd stunned but appreciative.
The world No.99 went unbroken over two hours and eight minutes, blasting 40 winners and making only 17 unforced errors.
“Jason played very well. I have to give him credit. Not easy to take, but he was better than me. Yeah, that was that,” Evans said.
“That’s all I can say really. I don’t think I played too badly.
“He was aggressive. He had a good game plan. Well done to him and his coach to put the game plan together and well down to Jason for carrying it out.”
Remarkably, Kubler has now won 20 of his past 23 matches, helping him improve his ranking almost 80 places in the past two months.
He next plays fellow qualifier Dennis Novak on Thursday with a huge opportunity to reach the third round for the first time at a major.
After being down to 14 cents in his bank account during the dark days not so long ago, Kubler is now guaranteed a career pay day of at least Stg 78,000 ($A137,000).
“I’m happy to be called the Aussie battler,” he said.
“If people are talking about me, I don’t mind what they say.
“I do play a lot on the Challenger Tours and I do know a lot of Aussie battlers and, if that’s what they call me, I’m proud to be an Aussie battler.”