Jack Draper shines on grass, seeking his first ATP title in Stuttgart

Jack Draper is through to his third ATP final and the second of the season

by Jovica Ilic
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Jack Draper shines on grass, seeking his first ATP title in Stuttgart
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The 22-year-old Jack Draper will compete in his third ATP final in Stuttgart, seeking his first ATP title. The young Briton suffered an early Roland Garros loss after a five-setter, focusing on the fastest surface and displaying his A-game at the ATP 250 event in Stuttgart.

Draper kicked off the action against Sebastian Ofner, prevailing in two tie breaks after taking pivotal points. The Austrian broke first in the second set, opening a 5-3 advantage and serving for the set in game ten. The Briton pulled the break back at the last moment and clinched the tie break 7-5 for a place in the second round.

Two days later, Jack met Marcos Giron in the second round and notched a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 triumph in an hour and 53 minutes, booking a place in the quarter-final. Jack struggled a bit behind the second serve. Still, he saved four out of five break points and turned 35% of the return points into two breaks from nine opportunities.

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The Briton served well in the opener and grabbed a break in the fifth game. The American secured three consecutive games at 3-3 in the second set, clinching it 6-3 and forcing a decider.

The young Briton took charge at the beginning of the final set, producing a couple of commanding holds and forging the advantage with a break in game two. Draper denied a break point in the seventh game and sealed the deal on his serve at 5-3.

Jack faced the defending champion Frances Tiafoe in the quarter-final and prevailed 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 after two hours and six minutes, moving into his third semi-final of the season. Draper blasted a career-high 31 aces, outplaying Tiafoe behind the first and second serve and prevailing in the closing stages to remain on the title course.

Frances denied a match point in the tenth game of the decider before losing ground in the tie break, ending his run in the quarter-final and propelling Jack through.

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Jack Draper defeated four rivals in Stuttgart en route to the title clash.

The Briton made the difference in the shortest exchanges up to four strokes, mainly thanks to a massive number of unreturned serves.

Jack faced only two break points, getting broken in the closing stages of the opening set and facing no issues in sets two and three. Tiafoe also suffered one break in the second set, fighting hard but spoiling everything in the tie break.

Draper denied a break point in the first game of the encounter with a forced error, avoiding an early setback. Frances overcame issues in the sixth game and made another push on the return at 5-5. The American created a break chance after an impressive defense and attacked, forcing the rival's mistake and securing his only break.

Tiafoe denied a break point while serving for the set at 6-5 and converted the second set point, wrapping up the set after 46 minutes. Jack barely lost a point behind the initial shot in the second set, keeping the pressure on the other side.

Brandon Nakashima, Stuttgart 2024© Stream screenshot

Frances saved two break points in the eighth game and fired an ace to lock the result at 4-4. Draper held at love in the ninth game and made another push on the return at 5-4.

The American faced two set points after a costly double fault, and the Briton seized the first with a forehand down the line winner, forcing a decider after an hour and 15 minutes. Like in the second set, Jack served well and waited for the return chances.

Frances survived deuces in the eighth game before facing a match point at 4-5 after Jack's cracking forehand down the line winner. Tiafoe saved it with a powerful serve and held for 5-5, extending the duel and his chances. The set went into a tie break, and Draper took charge with a mini-break in the second point.

Jack fired two powerful serves for 4-1 and landed a backhand down the line winner in the sixth point to extend the gap.

Jack Draper, Stuttgart 2024© Stream screenshot

A left-hander cracked another backhand winner for 5 match points and seized the first with a service winner for a notable win and a place in the semi-final.

Brandon Nakashima stood no chance against Draper, who delivered a 6-3, 6-3 triumph in an hour and 12 minutes, notching his third ATP final. Jack blasted 13 aces and stood untouchable behind the first serve, facing no break points and mounting the pressure on the other side.

A left-hander forged the advantage in the shortest exchanges up to four strokes and stole 45% of the return points. Nakashima played against 12 break points and got broken three times, ending his run in the semi-final. Brandon saved a break point in the opening game of the match, staying on the positive side before losing ground in the second part of the set.

A left-hander made a push in the seventh game, seizing the fifth break chance with a volley winner and moving in front. Draper scored another break at 5-3, wrapping up the opener after 40 minutes. The Briton clinched a decisive break in the sixth game of the second set, serving well and moving over the top with an ace at 5-3.

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