Jack Draper in the first round of the 2022 US Open, New York
Jack Draper in the first round of the 2022 US Open, New York | (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Antwerp 2022 | Draper crushes Brooksby to set up first meeting with Hurkacz

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Jack Draper def Jenson Brooksby 6-1 6-2
  • Draper v Hubert Hurkacz [1] | H2H: First Meeting
ANTWERP, BELGIUM – Jack Draper cruised past Jenson Brooksby to reach the second round in Antwerp where he faces top seed Hubert Hurkacz.

 

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Jack Draper def Jenson Brooksby 6-1 6-2

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Jack Draper is into the second round in Antwerp after only dropping three games against American Jenson Brooksby. The Brit showed no sign of rust from injury in the early stages as he crushed the ball consistently with the American doing very little to neutralise Draper’s power. After securing two love service holds, Draper found the breakthrough in the fourth game as he converted his third break point for a 3-1 lead.

As well as power, Draper also had depth and accuracy as he was hitting all his shots perfectly with Brooksby’s tactics not getting past the resilient Brit. After converting another break point, the Brit continued to serve with efficiency and precision with the first set being sealed to love in a rapid 28 minutes.

Brooksby managed to find the angles early in the second set and secure the rare winner as he held onto the second set and some belief that this match could turnaround. However the American couldn’t translate that belief into the scoreline as Draper continued to dominate from the baseline as he broke for a 2-1 lead.

After the early break there was always going to be one winner as Draper continued to be on the front-foot with the world number 48 turning defence into attack with ease. Another break to love was secured in the fifth game and the match was sealed with an ace as Draper comfortably moved into the second round.

 

Jack Draper v Hubert Hurkacz [1] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Jack Draper v Hubert Hurkacz [1] H2H: First Meeting
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Draper now takes on top seed Hubert Hurkacz in the second round, with the Pole aiming to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals over the next few weeks.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022)

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H2H: Jack Draper (WR 48) Hubert Hurkacz (WR 11)
Tournament Previous Best N/A N/A
1st Serve % 57.2 63.1
Service Games Won % 85.9 89.7
Break Points Saved % 71.4 68.1
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 52.6 47.7
Break Points Converted % 42.1 38.1

Draper has the advantage on return but will need to be aware of Hurkacz’s effective first serve percentage.

 

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Playing Styles and Prediction

Hurkacz has had another good season as he looks to make a late surge towards qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals. The Pole’s attacking net play mixed with unique attacking shots makes him a threat for anyone on the tour and will look to step up his game on the European indoor hard courts.

Draper will not fear Hurkacz and will look to use his power and big first serve to set up aggressive patterns of play. While Hurkacz will look to use his effective movement to defend Draper’s attacking play and set up aggressive shot-making of his own. The Brit could cause the upset here but there is no doubting that the serve will be a big factor in determining the outcome here.

Prediction: Draper in three sets.

 

 

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