Jack Draper in the second round of the 2023 US Open
Jack Draper in the second round of the 2023 US Open | (Photo by Frey/TPN/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Acapulco 2024 | Draper continues rivalry against Paul in Acapulco opener

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Jack Draper v Tommy Paul [7]
  • H2H: Draper leads 2-1
ACAPULCO, MEXICO – Jack Draper will play Tommy Paul for a third time this year as the duo square off in the opening round of Acapulco.


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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Jack Draper v Tommy Paul [7]     H2H: Draper leads 2-1
ATP Acapulco 2024 Acapulco, Mexico     
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Jack Draper will look to bounce back from his opening round defeat in Los Cabos when he takes on Tommy Paul in Acapulco, in what will be the third meeting of the season between the two players.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2024)

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H2H: Jack Draper (WR 50) Tommy Paul (WR 14)
Tournament Previous Best N/A Final (2023)
1st Serve % 56.1 60.8
Service Games Won % 80 85.2
Break Points Saved % 61 68.4
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 50.2 50.5
Break Points Converted % 52.5 41.8

Draper will look to continue his efficiency on return against an effective and precise server like Paul.



Playing Styles and Prediction

Paul has produced good form since the Australian Open with the American winning the title in Dallas and reaching the final in Delray Beach. Now Paul will look to go one round further than last year and claim the Acapulco title.

Draper will look to be aggressive from the baseline and come to the net as much as possible in order to shorten the points. Meanwhile Paul will look to extend the rallies as he aims to grind down Draper’s game and extract errors from the Brit. This should be a tight contest with both players knowing each other’s game by now. The American enters this match as slight favourite but if Draper can produce his best tennis than anything is possible in this match.

Prediction: Paul in three sets.    



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