Jason Kubler has notched an impressive come-from-behind victory against Great Britain’s Dan Evans at the United Cup.
The 29-year-old was called up to the Australian No. 2 singles spot following the withdrawal of Nick Kyrgios earlier in the week, and he made the most of his opportunity.
World No. 107 Kubler was paired against the highly-fancied world No. 27 Evans, but dug deep to emerge victorious 6-3 7-6 (3).
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After fellow Australian Zoe Hives – who stepped in for the injured Ajla Tomljanović – fell to Harriet Dart 6-4 6-4 in the earlier match, Great Britain took an unassailable 3-0 lead into the final two matches at Ken Rosewall Arena.
This didn’t affect Kubler’s spirit, however, as he battled hard early to take the first set.
His early break was key, as he ran away with the opening stanza 6-3.
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The second set was a different story though, with Evans flying out to a 5-0 lead and the match seemingly destined to head to a deciding set.
What followed was a remarkable run of five consecutive games won by Kubler, before a tiebreak took place with the set tied at 6-6.
Kubler was down 5️⃣-0️⃣ in the second set and we are now BACK ON SERVE! 🔥
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) December 30, 2022
It was the Australian who was then able to hold his nerve in the tiebreak, limiting his opponent to just three points and securing a memorable victory.
The Brisbane-born player shared that he was inspired by his captain and teammate, Lleyton Hewitt and Alex de Minaur.
“It’s tough to give up when you’ve got (Hewitt) on the bench and (De Minaur),” Kubler told Channel 9 post-match.
“They have that never-say-die attitude and I just hope that I can replicate that in my matches.
“Any time I’m down, especially in front of these guys, I’ve just got to give it my all.
“Luckily tonight I was able to turn it around. It’s not very often you turn (around) a 5-0 down, so I’ll definitely remember this one.”
Kyrgios – whose earlier withdrawal opened the door for Kubler to play – was quick to congratulate his fellow Australian on Twitter.
“Congrats to the boy … great win!” he wrote.
Congrats to the boy 🙏🏽🙏🏽 great win! https://t.co/N3sRiyLtDh
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) December 30, 2022
Kubler’s performance was backed up by a strong doubles showing from Sam Stosur and John Peers, who picked up a 7-6 (4) 6-4 win.
The experienced duo snagged a tight opening set via a tiebreak against British pair Dart and Jonny O’Mara before using their momentum to claim a straight-sets victory.
Australia’s overall 3-2 loss to Great Britain means that they will need to beat Spain in their next tie to remain alive in the inaugural tournament.