Jack Draper in the first round of the 2022 Mutua Madrid Open, Spain
Jack Draper in the first round of the 2022 Mutua Madrid Open, Spain | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tennis | Madrid Open 2022 | Draper stuns Sonego to set Rublev second round showdown

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Jack Draper [WC] def Lorenzo Sonego 6-4 6-3
  • Norrie v Andrey Rublev [6] | H2H: First meeting
MADRID, SPAIN – Jack Draper stunned Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets in Madrid to reach the second round where he faces sixth seed Andrey Rublev.

 

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Jack Draper [WC] def Lorenzo Sonego 6-4 6-3

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Jack Draper stunned Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets to reach the second round in Madrid and earn his maiden ATP win on clay. Draper’s big hitting sizzled through the Madrid altitude early on causing Sonego problems from the baseline. The Brit’s variety in shot selection allowed him to exploit the Italian’s weaknesses as he took an early 3-1 lead.

The world number 121 was clearly the more dominant player on serve and felt the more comfortable with the faster conditions as he cruised through his service games. However in the ninth game, Sonego took advantage of Draper’s conservative play and used his experience to force the Brit into uncomfortable positions on the court. The Italian saved set point to break and put the match back on serve.

Eventually though Draper continued to drill his shots past Sonego’s plucky defence and the Brit broke straight back to claim the opening set which was followed by a roar of delight to his coaching team.

Draper carried the momentum into the second set as he continued to produce powerful returns especially on the forehand side. A comfortable break saw him take a 3-1 lead just like he did in the opening set. Sonego’s resilience ensured that the match was heading towards a grandstand finish as he rallied the crowd. However Draper fended off Sonego’s late aggression to edge towards the finishing line and seal one of the best wins of his career and a maiden ATP victory on clay.

 

Jack Draper [WC] v Andrey Rublev [6]   H2H & Match Fundamentals

Jack Draper [WC] v Andrey Rublev [6] H2H: First meeting
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Draper now takes on a mammoth task as he takes on Belgrade champion Andrey Rublev in the second round.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022)

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H2H: Jack Draper (WR 121) Andrey Rublev (WR 8)
Tournament Previous Best N/A R2 (2021)
1st Serve % 55.7 62.9
Service Games Won % 86.7 84
Break Points Saved % 69.2 64.9
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 53.7 54.8
Break Points Converted % 40.9 40.2

Draper has the slight edge over Rublev in some areas of the statistics but hasn’t consistently faced top level opposition this season.

 

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Playing Styles and Prediction

Rublev heads into Madrid with form on his side having won Belgrade a couple of weeks ago beating Novak Djokovic in the final. The Russian’s power mixed with court presence makes him one of the most dangerous players on tour and someone who can adapt to all surfaces and conditions.

Draper will need to use the court to his advantage and be consistently aggressive on serve and return to have any chance of winning this match. This is a free hit for Draper and a chance to learn on the clay against a top 10 opponent. However the conditions here should suit Rublev’s ruthless power and it should be a comfortable win for the sixth seed in the end.

Prediction: Rublev in straight sets.

 

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