Jack Draper is into the quarter-finals in Winston-Salem after easing past Dominic Thiem in straight sets. Draper’s confidence was evident early on as he continued his big-hitting from the baseline, causing Thiem all sorts of problems. The Austrian has played quite a lot of tennis this week and that showed in the early exchanges as a tired looking backhand into the net sealed the early break for the Brit.
Draper was hitting his spots well especially on the backhand as he continued to hit winners from improbable angles and serve aces. The 13th sealed the double break as Thiem’s shot-making and decision-making was inconsistent and ineffective. An error-prone set from the former US Open champion was completed with a return unforced errors as Draper took the opening set 6-1 in 26 minutes.
There was a much better second set from Thiem as he gradually came to life with some magnificent groundstrokes, creating effective winners. However it was always Draper who applied the pressure as he managed to create five break points in the set. The first four of those opportunities saw Thiem hit some deep forehands and set up some effective volley winners to keep himself in the match.
On the fifth one though, Draper produced a clinical backhand passing shot to seal the break for a 5-4 lead. The Brit converted his first match point with an ace as he moved into the last eight of an ATP tour event for the third time this season.
Jack Draper  v Marc-Andrea Huesler [Q] H2H & Match Fundamentals
Jack Draper [Q] v Marc-Andrea Huesler [Q]
H2H: First Meeting
Prize Money: $19,125
Fourth on Stadium Court (01:30 Friday morning BST)
Huesler is into his first ATP quarter-final of the season after the Swiss player defeated Mikael Ymer and Ilya Ivashka in his first two matches. Huesler has struggled both on the challenger and main tour circuit this season but will hope this can kickstart his season.
Draper will continue to be aggressive and take advantage of his superior returning with the Brit’s figures on return continuing to rise. While Huesler will look to serve consistently and cause the Brit problems with his tactical variety. Despite Huesler’s good week so far, the Brit’s aggressive serve and overall game should prove too strong for the qualifier.
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