Jack Draper Defeats Alcaraz at Queen’s, Continues Winning Streak

Jack Draper Defeats Alcaraz at Queen’s, Continues Winning Streak

Jack Draper, the new British men’s number one, delivered a stunning performance at the Queen’s Club, securing a remarkable victory over Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz.

The 22-year-old Draper triumphed with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 win against the defending champion in the second round, marking one of the biggest wins of his career.

The 21-year-old Alcaraz, who recently claimed the French Open title, saved three match points at 5-2 in the second set, showcasing his resilience.

However, Draper maintained his composure and served out the match from 0-30, to the delight of an ecstatic home crowd. This victory is particularly significant for Draper as it comes on the heels of his first ATP title win at the Stuttgart Open just days earlier.

Draper’s breakthrough in Stuttgart, where he secured his maiden ATP title, has been a turning point in his career. Reflecting on this achievement, Draper said, “There was such a bee in my bonnet about winning an ATP event. Securing the title last week freed me from negative emotions and eased the pressure I was putting on myself.”

Prior to his triumph in Stuttgart, Draper had experienced the frustration of losing finals in Sofia and Adelaide, but his recent success has given him a newfound confidence.

Beating the world number two Alcaraz, who has been in formidable form, is the biggest win of Draper’s career by ranking. This victory also ended Alcaraz’s impressive streak of 13 consecutive wins on grass, underscoring Draper’s exceptional performance.

“Competing at Queen’s as the British number one might seem like it would add pressure, but it has had the opposite effect,” Draper remarked. “I feel calm and relaxed because I know I’m on the right path. I trust in my tennis and believe I’m tough to beat.”

Draper’s journey to becoming Britain’s top male player has been marked by perseverance and hard work. His current form suggests a bright future, with many more victories likely to come. Draper’s victory over Alcaraz is a testament to his growing prowess on the court and his ability to perform under pressure.

Extending his winning streak to seven matches, Draper is now set to face American fifth seed Tommy Paul in the quarter-finals on Friday.

This upcoming match will be another test for Draper, who is eager to continue his impressive run and make a deep impact in the tournament.

As he steps into the next round, Draper carries with him the confidence and momentum from his recent successes, ready to take on the challenges ahead.