Tim Henman reflects on Jack Draper's Wimbledon performance against Novak Djokovic

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Tim Henman reflects on Jack Draper's Wimbledon performance against Novak Djokovic

Former British No. 1 Tim Henman has predicted a bright future for rising British star Jack Draper. This week, world No. 149 Draper clinched his first Masters victory after beating former world No. 6 Gilles Simon 7-5 6-1. “He’s got weapons.

He’s a lefty, he’s got a big serve, he’s got a really heavy forehand. He’s brought that physicality, he’s put on a lot of muscle mass, he’s a good athlete,” Henman told the ATP Tour website.

“He’s adding elements to his game. It’s still early days, but as long as he stays healthy, we’ll see a lot more from him in the future”. A year ago, Draper collapsed during his Miami opener due to the heat.

“It’s been great to watch his progression,” Henman added. “And obviously when you take into account where he was 12 months ago here, in similar conditions, and he was cooked after a set… to see him play against a class opponent and come out on top, both in tennis terms, but in physical terms [too], it’s good times”.

Henman reflects on Draper's match against Novak Djokovic

Draper, 20, made his Wimbledon debut last year after being awarded a wildcard into the tournament. Draper didn't have luck with the draw as he drew world No.

1 Novak Djokovic in the first round. However, Draper put up a gutsy performance as he came out and won the first set before Djokovic stormed back to win 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2. “I was there. Tough draw, wasn’t it?” Henman said.

“But he embraced that challenge. He lost that day but to take a set off Djokovic, the first set he’s played on Centre Court at Wimbledon, he did himself proud and he would have learnt a lot. As I said, I think it won’t be long before he’s back out on Centre Court again”.

Draper has already three Challenger titles this year as he is hoping to soon become a regular participant of the main level events.