NOTTINGHAM – UK, Jack Draper claimed his first futures title by lifting the trophy in Nottingham. The Brit defeated the fifth and second seeds along the way.
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Jack Draper entered the ITF Futures and was unseeded. The young Brit was drawn against compatriot Joel Cannell in the first round. Draper had little trouble in the first set and more or less broke at will, losing only one game. The second set was a little harder as Cannell managed to hold serve more, however it wasn’t long before Draper had broken and won the match in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.
In the second round Draper faced the second seed Karl Friberg. The Swede stayed close to the Brit at first, but then Draper secured the break needed in the first set. The second set was more of the same as although the seed was able to again stay with the Brit, Draper ultimately broke Friberg and moved into the next round 6-3, 6-4.
The quarter-final pitted the Brit against the fifth seed Lukas Ollert. The German got the better start and broke Draper to take the first set with ease. However, Draper was not done and re-grouped. In the second set the Brit stood firm breaking Ollert to level the match up. In the final set it was the Brit who managed to prevail, breaking the German when required and booked a spot in the semi-final 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In the semi-final the Brit faced Constantin Schmitz. The German was no match for Draper who completed dominated in both sets, losing a total of three games. Draper had booked a place in the final to meet another unseeded Brit Andrew Watson 6-2, 6-1.
The final was a very tense affair and suitably went the distance. Draper lost the first set to Watson but then forced a tiebreak in the second set. The breaker was mostly one way traffic as Draper eased through to force the deciding set. The final set was domination by the younger Brit as Draper raced through the set and didn’t drop a game to lift the title 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-0.
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