World No. 149 Jack Draper delivered a great performance on Wednesday to beat former world No. 6 Gilles Simon and clinch his first Masters victory. Draper, who was awarded a wildcard into Miami, handed Simon a 7-5 6-1 loss to progress into the Miami second round.
Draper earned the first break of the match in the fifth game but got broken back in the eighth game. However, Draper kept his focus as he broke Simon again in the 11th game, before routinely serving out for the first set in the following game.
After winning a tight first set, Draper started the second set with back-to-back breaks and a 4-0 lead. Simon served out the fifth game to end Draper's six-game run but the Briton earned his fifth break of the match in the eighth game to seal straight-set win.
Draper happy his hard work is paying off
"[It feels] really good," Draper said after the match, per the ATP website. "I played an okay match today. It was tough conditions. It wasn't the easiest, especially after what happened last year.
It was in the back of my mind a little bit. "I'm glad to come through the match. I think it shows the work I've put in the last six months, so I'm happy with the performance today." Draper now has a tough task ahead of his as he faces fellow compatriot and top-ranked Briton Cameron Norrie.
"I've played a lot with Cam in the UK," said Draper. "He's one of the guys who has been great with me as a young Brit. I think he's always supporting, always sending me messages. "[It's] nice I get to share the court with him on Friday.
When I played him at Queen's last year, I'm a lot better player than that I think. Hopefully I can give him a run for his money on Friday."