Hubert Hurkacz, ranked 48th in the world ranking, defeated the Argentinian Leonardo Mayer (59. ATP) 3:1 (6:7, 6:1, 7:6, 6:3) in the second round of the Grand Slam Wimbledon tournament on Wednesday.
Before the second-round encounter with Mayer, the Pole won against Dusan Lajovic in the first stage of the tournament. The last time Hurkacz and Mayer met was in 2016 during the Davis Cup, when the latter emerged victorious.
The young Polish player managed to bounce back after he lost the first demanding set. The second saw a nearly perfect game by Hurkacz, while in the third set, neither him nor Mayer were able to break their opponent. Finally, in the tie break, the Pole turned the tide and broke the Argentinian twice, winning this exhaustive part. The last set was controlled by Hurkacz, and after a nearly three-hour battle, he could celebrate the victory.
In the third round, Hurkacz is likely to face one of the hardest possible opponents, Novak Djoković. The Serbian tennis star will play against Denis Kudla from the US later on Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, Łukasz Kubot, and his Brazilian partner Marcelo Melo advanced to the second round of the doubles’ Wimbledon. They defeated Ben McLachlan, representing Japan, and the German Jan-Lennard Struff, also 3:1 (4:6, 6:3, 7:5, 7:5). In the next round, they will face the Australian duo: Alex de Minaur and Matt Reid.