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Kubler scores breakthrough victory at Indian Wells | 9 March, 2023 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Kubler scores breakthrough victory at Indian Wells | 9 March, 2023 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Australia’s Jason Kubler has advanced to the men’s singles second round at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Indian Wells, USA, 9 March 2023 | Leigh Rogers

Jason Kubler has amassed some impressive milestones already this season – soaring to career-high rankings in both singles and doubles, as well as winning his maiden Grand Slam title.

The 29-year-old from Brisbane can now add a first win at ATP Masters 1000 level to that list.

Kubler scored a 6-4 7-6(4) victory against world No.60-ranked Italian Lorenzo Sonego in opening-round action at Indian Wells today.

World No.75 Kubler did not drop serve in the one-hour and 53-minute encounter. The reigning Australian Open doubles champion’s polish at the net also proved pivotal, winning 87 per cent of points when venturing forward.

This sets up a second-round showdown with world No.25 Grigor Dimitrov. It will be Kubler’s first meeting with the former world No.3, who has advanced to back-to-back quarterfinals in the Californian desert in the past two years.

Jordan Thompson is in action later today, taking on Gael Monfils. The 36-year-old Frenchman is returning from a seven month injury lay-off.

Aussies in action – Indian Wells

Men’s singles, first round
Jason Kubler (AUS) d Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 6-4 7-6(4)

Men’s singles, first round
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v Gael Monfils (FRA)
[Q] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 
v [Q] Brandon Holt (USA)
[Q] Rinky Hijikata (AUS) v Mikael Ymer (SWE)
[Q] Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
[LL] Alexei Popyrin (AUS) v [Q] Zhang Zhizhen (CHN)

Men’s singles, second round
[16] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v TBC
Jason Kubler (AUS) v [21] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)

> VIEW: Full Indian Wells men’s singles draw

Women’s singles, first round
[Q] Kimberly Birrell (AUS) v Sorana Cirstea (ROU)

> VIEW: Full Indian Wells women’s singles draw

Men’s doubles, first round
Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Jason Kubler (AUS) v Austin Krajicek (USA)/Mackenzie McDonald (USA)
John Peers (AUS)/Dan Evans (GBR) v Taylor Fritz (USA)/Tommy Paul (USA)
Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v Rafael Matos (BRA)/David Vega Hernandez (ESP)

> VIEW: Full Indian Wells men’s doubles draw

Women’s doubles, first round
[6] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Elise Mertens (BEL) v Paula Badosa (ESP)/Elena Rybakina (KAZ)
[8] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) v Bianca Andreescu (CAN)/Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)

> VIEW: Full Indian Wells women’s doubles draw

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