By Tony Fairbairn
- Jack Draper [WC] def Jenson Brooksby 6-2 6-2
- Draper v Diego Schwartzman  | H2H: First meeting
EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND – Jack Draper produced a statement victory as he thrashed Jenson Brooksby in his Eastbourne opener to set up a second round clash against Diego Schwartzman.
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Jack Draper [WC] def Jenson Brooksby 6-2 6-2
Jack Draper produced a statement victory as he thrashed Jenson Brooksby to reach the second round in Eastbourne. Draper produced big serving and big hitting from the beginning as he dictated play in all areas of the court. The Brit’s defence was equally impressive as his attack as he broke in the opening game.
Brooksby had next to no answer on the Brit’s serve but the American did eventually settle into the match with some effective point construction leading to simple winners. Draper would break again in the fifth game with some powerful groundstrokes that off both wings as the 20 year-old closed out the opening set to love.
The American started the second set better as he grew more confident on his serve and dictated the tempo of the rallies from the baseline. Despite this the same result as the first set still occurred as Draper broke on his first and only break point of the game as he made the world number 34 look like an amateur.
Brooksby made the second set as competitive as possible with some aggressive patterns of play but with no break points created it was a miserable day for the American on return. Draper would use more patience from the baseline to strike at the perfect time as he broke again for a 5-2 lead and clinched the match with an ace as he sealed a place in the second round.
Jack Draper [WC] v Diego Schwartzman  H2H & Match Fundamentals
|Jack Draper [WC] v Diego Schwartzman ||H2H: First meeting|
|ATP Eastbourne||Eastbourne, England|
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Draper will now face fourth seed Diego Schwartzman in the second round with the Argentinian now approaching his worst time of the year.
Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022)
|H2H:||Jack Draper (WR 108)||Diego Schwartzman (WR 15)|
|Tournament Previous Best||N/A||R2 (2018)|
|1st Serve %||57.4||66.9|
|Service Games Won %||86.1||69.5|
|Break Points Saved %||73||55|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won %||51.7||53.6|
|Break Points Converted %||43.5||46|
Draper has been much more effective on his service games than Schwartzman has this season but the Argentinian has produced a high level on return.
Playing Styles and Prediction
Schwartzman had a good clay court season and once again reached the second week at Roland Garros but the Argentinian doesn’t traditionally do well on grass. The fourth seed will be looking for his grass court win this year before Wimbledon after losing his opening round at Queen’s Club to Sam Querrey.
Draper will look to serve and return with the same ferocious consistency as he did against Brooksby and dictate the tempo of the rallies. Schwartzman will look to be patient and lengthen the rallies for as long as possible but if Draper can continue his momentum from the opening round then he should come through another big test.
Prediction: Draper in straight sets.
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