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This is Thursday's Tennis Recap

Despite a brief and passing rain shower, three singles and three doubles matches went on under the sun in Newport on Thursday, including the conclusion of Wednesday night’s incredible two-and-a-half-hour battle between Australia’s Jason Kubler and world No. 9 Felix-Auger-Aliassime.

A man on a mission, Kubler notched the biggest win of his career in the culmination of Wednesday’s singles match against top seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, which had been halted yesterday evening due to darkness. Returning to Center Court with the score sitting at 4-6, 6-3, 5-6, Kubler held serve and prevailed in a tiebreak for a 7-6 (7-4) final set in just 17 minutes.

“I knew I was going to go out there and give it everything,” said Kubler. “I wasn’t thinking so much about winning and losing, more committing to how I want to play, and then, if the opportunity is there, to take it.”

Since May, Kubler is 24-4 in his singles matches, including Challenger and Tour matches. Friday’s quarterfinal will mark the first such appearance for the 29-year-old Aussie, who most recently reached the fourth round of Wimbledon.

No. 2 seed John Isner and No. 5 seed Benjamin Bonzi battled to three tiebreak sets, with Isner holding the final edge in a 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5) victory. Using 29 aces, Isner additionally converted both of his break point opportunities to advance to his sixth semifinal in nine appearances at the Infosys Hall of Fame Open.

After nearly three hours of play, Isner commented “The crowd really helped me a lot. They were a big boost for me, and I was eventually able to win. Ben is playing so well, and it came down to a few points here and there, and I was on the right side of that today.”

In the first match of the day, No. 4 seed Maxime Cressy defeated Steve Johnson to advance to his first semifinal at the Infosys Hall of Fame Open. After Cressy saved two break points and Johnson didn’t face one, Johnson took the first set in a tiebreaker. Cressy was not broken in the entire match, serving up 27 aces along the way, winning 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4.

Cressy and Isner will meet in the first semifinal on Saturday, with Cressy winning the pair’s only previous meeting earlier this year in the first round of the Australian Open.

In the doubles draw, the semifinals are set as top seeds Raven Klaasen and Marcelo Melo captured a 6-4, 6-2 win over Auger-Aliassime and Bonzi. They will meet Robert Galloway and Alex Lawson, who completed a 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 12-10 comeback win over Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow.

Defending Infosys Hall of Fame Open doubles champion Will Blumberg and partner Steve Johnson, in their first tournament as a pair, knocked off Max Purcell and Tim van Rijthoven 7-6 (3), 6-3. The Americans are set to play Ramkumar Ramanathan and J.P. Smith, who beat Treat Huey and Radu Albot 6-1, 6-4, in the other semifinal matchup.

Andy Murray returns to Center Court for Friday’s quarterfinal action, where he will face No. 3 seed Alexander Bublik. Bublik will look to return to the Infosys Hall of Fame Open semifinals for the third-consecutive time. The second quarterfinal match of the day will feature Kubler and countryman James Duckworth, who is seeking his first tour semifinal appearance since September 2021.

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