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Jack Draper Downs Fabio Fognini In Winston-Salem | ATP Tour

In his first match since his breakthrough quarter-final run on the Montreal ATP Masters 1000, #NextGenATP Briton Jack Draper claimed one other assertion win on Tuesday on the Winston-Salem Open.

The 20-year-old outlasted Fabio Fognini 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to arrange a third-round showdown with Dominic Thiem, who moved previous prime seed Grigor Dimitrov after the Bulgarian’s second-set retirement.

Draper, seeded thirteenth, ran out to a 5-0 lead within the closing set, however needed to save seven break factors in doing so. After he escaped 15/40 within the set’s opening recreation, he erased 5 break possibilities in a five-deuce fifth recreation, the longest of the two-hour match. The Briton saved 10 of 13 break factors within the contest whereas breaking on six of 10 possibilities on return.

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Coming into the week at a career-high of No. 55 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, Draper moved up three locations within the Stay Rankings to No. 52 following his opening victory. He may enter the Prime 40 by profitable his first tour-level title this week.

After saving two match level in opposition to J.J. Wolf on Monday night time, Thiem made a sluggish begin in opposition to Dimitrov earlier than discovering his legs within the second set. However because the Austrian raised his recreation, his opponent pale bodily and was finally compelled to retire whereas main 6-0, 2-4.

“An important [thing] as we speak is that Grigor will get effectively very quickly once more,” Thiem mentioned post-match. “The match isn’t the precedence; that is by no means the best way I wish to win a match, particularly in opposition to Grigor.”

After failing to conver from 0/40 within the opening recreation of the match, Thiem misplaced seven straight video games earlier than a love service maintain acquired him again on observe within the second set.

“Taking part in-wise it was very powerful within the first set,” he mentioned. “I had a great begin really, after which he by some means broke and it was actually tough.

“I may decide up slightly bit my depth higher [in the second set].Yesterday was actually powerful, over three hours. I completed late, I acquired to mattress at 3:30 after which it was not straightforward to get the depth straight up once more. It is very humid, you lose quite a lot of liquid right here, quite a lot of sweat. In order that’s powerful and I used to be not capable of have my depth immediately, however within the second set it acquired slightly bit higher.”


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Second seed Botic van de Zandschulp closed play on the stadium courtroom with a 7-6(5), 6-3 win in opposition to fellow Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor. He’ll subsequent face fifteenth seed Jaume Munar, a 6-3, 6-4 winner in opposition to Tseng Chun-Hsin.

Different seeded gamers to advance included Maxime Cressy, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Benjamin Bonzi and Ilya Ivashka. Laslo Djere upset nineteenth seed Joao Sousa in dramatic style, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5).



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