Jack Draper in the first round of the 2022 Cinch Championships at Queen's Club London, UK
Jack Draper in the first round of the 2022 Cinch Championships at Queen's Club London, UK | (Photo by Tob/TPN/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Acapulco 2024 | Draper cruises past Paul to set second round clash against Nishioka

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Jack Draper def Tommy Paul [7] 6-0 6-4
  • Draper v Yoshihito Nishioka [LL] | H2H: First Meeting
ACAPULCO, MEXICO – Jack Draper cruised past Tommy Paul to reach the second round in Acapulco where he will face lucky loser Yoshihito Nishioka.


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Jack Draper def Tommy Paul [7] 6-0 6-4

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Jack Draper is into the second round in Acapulco after only dropping four games against seventh seed Tommy Paul. The Brit made an impressive start to the match as he used depth on the forehand side to force Paul into defensive positions. There was a good response from the American as he continued to extend the rallies as he found space in the court to hit winners past Draper.

However Draper won all the big points as he produced some clean volleying to take a 3-0 lead in the early stages of the set. There were no signs of improvement from the seventh seed as he continued to play into Draper’s strengths with the Brit producing consistently big hitting on the forehand side. More unforced errors followed from the American as Draper won the next three game to take the opening set in 32 minutes.

In the second set Paul took more risks and played more aggressive tennis as he forced Draper behind the baseline with the American hitting more winners. Therefore the Brit struggled to create break point chances as Paul’s confidence grew with every game. The forehand of Paul seized control of the rallies as Draper failed to extract errors from the American’s game with no clear weaknesses to target.

Despite Paul’s early dominance, Draper continued to apply the pressure on the American as he served dominantly and efficiently. The Brit’s backhand continued to get better in the second set as he continued to win the big points as he edged in-front in the second set with Paul not offering any solutions on return.

The lack of cutting edge from Paul would cost the American as he failed to close out the tenth game despite having multiple chances. The American would play passive and defensive tennis on big points as he allowed Draper to gain confidence.

After an incredible volley, Draper secured the win to ensure his place in the second round of Acapulco.


Jack Draper v Yoshihito Nishioka [LL] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Jack Draper v Yoshihito Nishioka [LL] H2H: First Meeting  
ATP Acapulco 2024 Acapulco, Mexico     
Hard (O) Prize Money: $32,265
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Next up for Draper is lucky loser Yoshihito Nishioka, who is yet to win back-to-back matches at an ATP event this season.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2024)

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H2H: Jack Draper (WR 50) Yoshihito Nishioka (WR 82)  
Tournament Previous Best N/A Quarter-Final (2017, 2022)
1st Serve % 56.1 62.4
Service Games Won % 80 78.1
Break Points Saved % 61 53.3
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 50.2 53.6
Break Points Converted % 52.5 38.7

Draper will look to continue to be efficient on return as he dominates most of the statistics against Nishioka.



Playing Styles and Prediction

As mentioned Nishioka is yet to win back-to-back matches this season at an ATP event. The Japanese player can play an aggressive game on serve but is yet to find the consistency to match his potential. Now the 28 year-old will look to improve his returning statistics as he looks to find confidence and form as he searches for a rise up the rankings.

Draper will aim to be aggressive on the backhand as he looks for a mixture of depths to force errors from Nishioka’s game. Meanwhile Nishioka will look for power and spin to test Draper’s power as the world number 82 looks to be unpredictable in his patterns of play. As long as Draper is consistent and takes his chances on return then the Brit should ease into the quarter-finals.

Prediction: Draper in straight sets.


Ben Shelton def Dan Evans 2-6 7-5 7-6(5)

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As Draper prepares for his second round match, Dan Evans is now preparing for Indian Wells after the Brit lost a heart-breaking three set match to Ben Shelton. Evans played an efficient opening set as he secured two late breaks of serve in the fifth and seventh games.

In the second set, Evans continued the momentum as he continued to frustrate the American with consistent hitting from the baseline. However the Brit failed to take on of his chances which allowed Shelton to produce a stunning return game in the 12th game to close out the second set.

The deciding set saw both players serve with confidence until the tenth game where Shelton had three match points on Evans’ serve. However Evans produced some big serving to hold serve before breaking for a 6-5 lead.

The world number 41 failed to take advantage of the momentum created as Evans was easily broken in the next game as a tiebreak would decide the winner of the match. An incredible end to the tiebreak saw Shelton win four of the last five points to claim victory.

Now Evans will focus on the first Masters 1000 of the year at Indian Wells which starts on the sixth of March.



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