Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Briton Draper was narrowly beaten by sixth-seeded Rublev at the Madrid Open

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Jack Draper narrowly missed a big scalp in the second round loss to Andrey Rublev at the Madrid Open.

The 20-year-old is on the verge of becoming the next British player to break into the top 100 and he again showed his huge potential against sixth-seeded Rublev, who defeated Novak Djokovic in his hometown of Belgrade and his last tournament won.

Draper overpowered his Russian opponent in the opening set to lead 3-0 in the decider, but Rublev fought back to claim a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory.

Draper defeated top-30 player Lorenzo Sonego in the opening round in his first match on tour-level clay, using his big left-handed serve and forehand to shock Rublev in the early stages.

The young Brit, who took a stab from Djokovic at Wimbledon last year, also possesses a good drop shot and is comfortable at the net, and he fought back after collapsing in the second before Rublev got back in front.

Draper looked like he would find a way to win as he won the first three games of the decider, but when the cramps set in it was Rublev who finally found a way.

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