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 Winston-Salem 2022 | Draper sets Thiem showdown with victory over Fognini

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Jack Draper [13] def Fabio Fognini 6-2 4-6 6-1
  • Draper v Dominic Thiem [WC] | H2H: First Meeting
WINSTON-SALEM, USA – Jack Draper will face former US Open champion Dominic Thiem in the last 16 in Winston-Salem after defeating Fabio Fognini in three sets.


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Jack Draper [13] def Fabio Fognini 6-2 4-6 6-1

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Jack Draper is into the last 16 in Winston-Salem after the Brit defeated Fabio Fognini in three sets. Fognini had been out of form recently but on his day, has the capabilities to beat anyone and the Italian proved that in the opening game producing effortless returning to break. However Draper responded to the task well as he broke straight back by displaying the type of power that saw him beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in Montreal.

The Brit had to grind out some tough service games in the opening set with Fognini pushing for the break. In the end though the Italian couldn’t keep up his attack-minded returning and buckled under Draper’s power-game conceding two cheap breaks at the end of the set as Draper sealed the opening in 34 minutes.

Draper was the more clinical player in the opening set but it was Fognini who would prove to be more effective in the second set as he displayed a consistent level of tennis. After sharing breaks in games three and four, the world number 61 took control of the set with a break in the seventh game as he produced some well-constructed points. The Brit failed to put pressure on Fognini as the Italian comfortably served out the second set to force a decider.

Eventually Draper would produce his best tennis in the final set as he managed to find consistency from all areas of the court. After saving two break points in the opening game, the Brit proved too clinical for Fognini as he converted both of his break points to race to a 4-0 lead. Fognini offered late resistance in the fifth game but couldn’t manage to convert any of his five break points and it was the Brit who sealed his place in the last 16 with his first match point.


Jack Draper [13] v Dominic Thiem [WC] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Jack Draper [Q] v Dominic Thiem [WC] H2H: First Meeting
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Draper’s will now take on Dominic Thiem in the last 16, who benefited from a Grigor Dimitrov retirement to reach the third round.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022)

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H2H: Jack Draper (WR 55) Dominic Thiem (WR 231)
Tournament Previous Best N/A QR1 (2012)
1st Serve % 58.8 62.3
Service Games Won % 85.5 78.3
Break Points Saved % 72.4 57.4
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 51.2 47.1
Break Points Converted % 40.4 32.7

Draper will need to be aware of Thiem’s effective serving but will be confident of his own efficiency on return heading into this match.


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Playing Styles and Prediction

Thiem has had an unsuccessful return to the tour but will be happy to be winning matches again. The Austrian’s last set tiebreak win over J.J. Wolf in the opening round was a reminder to the rest of the world that Thiem’s best level isn’t far away as he looks for momentum ahead of his return to the US Open next week.

Draper will look to be aggressive on return and test Thiem’s defensive skills while the Austrian will look to be effective on serve. The Brit’s ability to turn defence into attack will be crucial but he can’t leave too many gaps in the court otherwise Thiem will punish him. This should be a good test for both but Draper’s confidence should see him over the line here.

Prediction: Draper in three sets.


Benjamin Bonzi [10] def Kyle Edmund [PR] 6-4 7-6(5)

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It was a mixed night for the Brits though as Kyle Edmund exited the tournament in Winston-Salem as he lost in straight sets to Benjamin Bonzi. Despite breaking twice, the Brit couldn’t consistently break down Bonzi’s big serving as the Frenchman set up a third round meeting with Thiago Monteiro.

There will be positives to take for Edmund as he is slowly getting back to his very best as the Brit heads to the US Open which starts on Monday.



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