Golden day for the Aussies at Wimbledon
Day six at Wimbledon saw four Australians in action across the Ladies and Gentlemen’s singles round three draws.
At that stage of the tournament, it is rare to see them all come out as winners, but that is what happened.
First, it was Ajla Tomljanovic that came back from 2-6 in the first set against Barbora Krejcikova to take a spot in the fourth round with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory.
Tomljanovic reached the quarterfinals in 2021 before losing to Ash Barty. In the fourth round, she faces France’s Alize Cornet, the conqueror of world no. 1 Iga Swiatek.
Next Jason Kubler fought back from two sets to one down to defeat Jack Sock 6-2, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3. The world no. 99 advanced to his first-ever Grand Slam fourth round.
Kubler next faces world no. 14 Taylor Fritz. Not long ago Kubler was competing in ITF 25k tournaments in Canberra. He has now taken the huge leap into a Grand Slam fourth round after qualifying for the tournament in 2022.
Alex de Minaur would make it three from three for the Australians when he won 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 against Great Britain wild card Liam Broady. de Minaur is into the fourth round for the first time at Wimbledon.
de Minaur faces Chilean Cristan Garin with a spot in the quarter-finals up for stake. Garin lost at the same stage in 2021 when Novak Djokovic eliminated him.
The final Australian to take to the court was Nick Kyrgios who faced world no. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas.
In what was a fiery clash it was Kyrgios who claimed a 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(7) over the Greek player.
“Honestly it was a hell of an atmosphere, amazing match. I honestly felt like the favourite coming in, I played him a couple weeks ago. But I knew that it was going to be a tough match,” Kyrgios said in his on-court interview. “He’s a hell of a player. I had my own tactics out there and he knows how to play me, he’s beaten me once. Obviously I’ve had success. It was a hell of a match.”
Kyrgios will meet USA’s world no. 56 Brandon Nakashima in the fourth round.
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