The 11th seed produced an impressive clean hitting from both wings to end world No. 99 Kubler’s spirited run in the grass-court major. Fritz crushed 40 winners and broke his opponent’s serve five times to complete a two-hour victory, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 on the No. 1 court.
It was Fritz’s eighth consecutive victory on the grass and took him into a showdown with either two-time champion Rafael Nadal or Dutchman Bottic van de Zandschulp.
“I felt like I was serving well. If the first two games had been a little different, it could have been very different,” Fritz was quoted as saying by the official website.
“The second set I played really well and then the third set I think he slowed it down a little bit and backed up the court a little bit, which made it a bit difficult for me to keep the ball away.
“We started some really long rallies and worked really hard. Really glad to have it at the end.”
Kubler, 29, has endured injury-prone times on tour, including six knee surgeries, before his breakout run in south-west London this fortnight.
The world number 99 only needed a win through qualifying to take his place and through a more than four-hour win over Jack Sock – the longest match of the men’s tournament – in the first Grand Slam fourth round. Proceed to reach.
His run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals continues a successful year for 24-year-old Fritz, who won his first ATP Masters 1000 crown at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in March. His win against Kubler improved his match record from 2022 to 29-10, and the American admits it felt good to be rewarded for his efforts behind the scenes.
After a 0/40 recovery to hold on in the opening game of the match, Fritz quickly broke through in the next game to take charge early in his first tour-level meeting with Kubler since the 2018 US Open.
A dominant performance from the American was wrapped up when he overcame stiff resistance from Kubler late in the match to win the marathon 10th game of the third set by converting his fourth match point.
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