Australia’s Jason Kubler has listed his win over world No. 27 Dan Evans in the United Cup as one of the most memorable moments of his tennis career.
Australia’s sixth-best male player in the rankings and a Davis Cup 2022 representative, Kubler was voted into the United Cup team after Jordan Thompson, Chris O’Connell and Thanasi Kokkinakis opted to start their summer at the Adelaide International instead.
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World No. 107 Kubler, however, hardly seemed to play until Nick Kyrgios retired injured, forcing captains Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur to reshuffle their deck.
Australia had lost their first draw against Britain when Kubler made it to the Ken Rosewall Arena on Friday night, but the 29-year-old took no notice of previous results as he won the first set 6-3.
Just as Evans looked like he could take a 5-0 lead in set number two, Kubler capitalized on home advantage in two break points that helped him equalize at 5-5.
After forcing the match into a tie-break, the Australian blasted his way to a memorable 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) victory and sent the locals into a frenzy.
The win capped an outstanding calendar year for Kubler, which included the biggest win of his career against world no. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime and a Wimbledon campaign that stretched into the round of 16.
It was also his first time representing Australia in front of a home crowd.
“It’s definitely pretty high up there,” said Kubler about his last win.
“(The home crowd) was a big reason I was able to come back.
“When you play tournaments alone it’s very difficult in those moments to come back, but tonight, all kudos to them, they really helped me get over the line.”
A terrible series of injuries at the beginning of his career gave Kubler all the more reason to enjoy such moments.
Considered a prime candidate in his youth, Kubler had undergone six knee surgeries by the time he was 24 and only played on clay between March 2012 and May 2015 for fear of causing more damage.
“To be honest, the last six to nine months have been kind of a whirlwind for me,” he said.
“I did a lot of things I didn’t know if I would be able to do.
“If anything, tonight just adds to that list where I surprise myself.
“I definitely feel like now that I’m getting a little bit older, I’m definitely chasing those moments. Those moments are the reasons I’m playing now.
“I want to try and play in all the big courts, it’s like I almost have an imaginary checklist and every time I play in those big games it’s like a little tick.”
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