In a third round between two of the most charismatic men in tennis, Alexander Bublik will aim to outfox Frances Tiafoe and make good on his massive potential by reaching the second week of Wimbledon.
The 25-year-old would not have even had that chance were it not for a decision in 2016 to switch allegiances from Russia to Kazakhstan, under whom he has played the majority of his pro career.
Once in the draw, the fun-loving Bublik—armed with a powerful serve and an improv sensibility—was always going to be among the most dangerous floaters. Through two rounds, he’s yet to drop a set ahead of a rematch with Tiafoe that ended in his favor last week in Eastbourne.
Get to know the world No. 39, a guy who is equal parts human highlight reel and joke-a-minute quote machine: