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

Tennis | ATP Tokyo 2023 | Draper earns De Minaur reward after cruising through qualification

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Jack Draper [Q] v Alex De Minaur [4]
  • H2H: De Minaur leads 1-0
TOKYO, JAPAN – Jack Draper has earned an opening round match with Alex De Minaur in Tokyo after cruising through qualification in the Japanese capital.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Jack Draper [Q] v Alex De Minaur [4] H2H: De Minaur leads 1-0
ATP Tokyo 2023 Tokyo, Japan
Hard (O) Prize Money: $14,490
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Jack Draper earned his way into the main draw in Tokyo with two victories and now the Brit takes on Alex De Minaur in his first main draw match on the main tour since the US Open.  

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2023)

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H2H: Jack Draper (WR 88) Alex De Minaur (WR 13)
Tournament Previous Best N/A R2 (2018)
1st Serve % 59.9 55.4
Service Games Won % 84.4 80.6
Break Points Saved % 70.6 58.2
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 53.1 52.2
Break Points Converted % 43.3 43.2

Draper will look to continue to dominate on serve but will need to be aware of De Minaur’s returning efficiency heading into this match.

 

 

Playing Styles and Prediction

After a strong US hard court season, De Minaur has produced disappointing results in Beijing and Shanghai as the Australian is starting to show signs of fatigue. Now as the season draws towards its conclusion, De Minaur looks to improve his form as he aims to close in on a place in the world’s top ten.

Draper will look to be aggressive on the forehand as he looks to force De Minaur into defensive positions therefore opening up space on the court to hit effective winners. Meanwhile De Minaur will look to build confidence on his serve as he looks to neutralise the powerful returning of the Brit. This will be a tough match for Draper but on current form the world number 88 enters this match as slight favourite as he looks for another landmark victory.

Prediction: Draper in three sets.

 

 

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