Draper set ups British Queen’s clash with Norrie after beating Bublik


t the star of the week, Jack Draper had never won a match on the ATP Tour, now he has two wins in the space of just 48 hours.

Highlighting his potential, the 19-year-old Londoner backed up Monday’s win over No3 Jannik Sinner by knocking out world No39 Alexander Bublik from the Cinch Championships, again in two tiebreaks.

The result made him the youngest Briton since Andy Murray to reach an ATP quarter-final and set up an all-British encounter against Cameron Norrie.

Looking ahead to his last-eight encounter, Draper said: “I’m just glad we’re going to have one Brit on the semi. Cam’s a great player and very good person. I’m glad to share the court with him in the quarters.

“I didn’t have loads of expectations today. Beating Jannik gave me a massive boost, I didn’t start off as nervous as against Jannik.”

The teenager was unfazed by Bublik’s on-court antics, ranging from lengthy chats with the umpire and a series of underarm serves.

Draper deserved to take his third straight tiebreak of the tournament and should have rounded off the match 7-5 in the second set but he was broken when serving for the match, in part down to a dreadful missed overhead smash.

The setback failed to deter him and he did not concede a single point in the subsequent tiebreak for another big win in his nascent career.

Like Draper, it has been an impressive week for Norrie, who had never previously won a match here before Monday. For the British No2, his 7-5, 6-1 victory over No5 seed Aslan Karatsev was his 27th on the ATP Tour this season.

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