In his Wimbledon debut, Jack Draper had the difficult task of opening up Centre Court against the world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic. However the Brit rose to the occasion and used his big first serve as well as his big forehand to cause a sluggish Djokovic all sorts of problems.
While Djokovic struggled he did manage to create the majority of the break point opportunities, creating seven of them in total. But Draper’s ability to produce big first serves on pressure points helped him as he managed to deny the World number one at every opportunity. Draper’s pressure earned its rewards as the Brit broke early for a 2-1 lead.
The world number 253 held his nerve and held serve to take the opening set to great delight from the British crowd. Eventually though Djokovic go through the gears and raise his level as Draper would find out the level needed to beat the Serb.
Although there were moments that the Brit had good quality, he couldn’t consistently match the world number one’s level. Djokovic would break six times as he moved into the second round and continued the road to a record-equalling 20th grand slam title.
While Djokovic moves on, Draper bows out in impressive fashion and introduced the world to his enormous potential. After the match the world number one revealed how impressed he was of the Brit:
“A youngster I hadn’t seen him play too much prior to Queen’s and he played pretty well, won matches against high-ranked players. Walking on Wimbledon Centre Court for first time, he’s done extremely well.”
Draper will now look to build on this positive experience as he looks to find form on the ITF and challenger circuits.
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