• Kubot meets Mannarino in surprising fourth-rounder

    6/30/13 2:35 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Kubot meets Mannarino in surprising fourth-rounder There will be an unseeded Wimbledon quarterfinalist after Lukasz Kubot faces Adrian Mannarino on Monday. They are battling in a section of the draw vacated by Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka, among others.

    Lukasz Kubot and Adrian Mannarino will be going head-to-head for the first time in their careers when they clash in the Wimbledon fourth round on Monday.

    Both players have been the beneficiary of good fortune so far at the All-England Club. Mannarino destroyed clay-courter Pablo Andujar in his opener before getting a retirement from John Isner at 1-1 in the first set. The 111th-ranked Frenchman then faced Dustin Brown instead of Stanislas Wawrinka or Lleyton Hewitt and he promptly disposed of the qualifier in straight sets.

    Instead of going up against Rafael Nadal in the second round, Kubot was scheduled to play Steve Darcis--who stunned Nadal on day one. That match never even happened, because Darcis withdrew due to a shoulder injury. Like Mannarino, Kubot has been required to win just six sets while losing none (he beat both Igor Andreev and Benoit Paire in straights). The 130th-ranked Pole is still a mere 7-11 for the year.

    This is one of the most shocking fourth-round matchups in Grand Slam history, as Mannarino had been a horrendous 0-4 at the ATP level in 2013 prior to his arrival at the All-England Club. Kubot's aggressive game can work well on grass and he has experience in the last 16 of majors (2010 Australian Open, 2011 Wimbledon), so he should be able to get the job done in no more than four sets.

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