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Draper upsets Alcaraz at Queen’s

Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz fell to a surprise defeat on Thursday, losing to Britain’s Jack Draper in the last 16 of the Queen’s Club tournament.

Alcaraz, fresh from his French Open victory, arrived at the grass-court event on a 13-match winning streak on the surface. However, the 22-year-old Draper stunned the world number two with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 victory, marking the biggest win of his career.

Draper is aiming to become the first British men’s singles champion at Queen’s since Andy Murray’s 2016 win. This victory also makes him the first Briton to beat a top-two ranked player on grass since Murray’s 2013 Wimbledon final win over Novak Djokovic.

“I’m not too good right now,” admitted Alcaraz after the match. “I felt like I didn’t play well, I didn’t move well.”

Despite the defeat, Alcaraz acknowledged his opponent’s performance: “Of course I have to give credit to Jack. I think he played really good tennis today.”

Draper, ranked 31st, comes off the back of his first ATP title win in Stuttgart last week.

“It was a really tough match,” said Draper. “Carlos is the defending champion, he won Wimbledon, he’s an incredible talent and amazing for the sport. I had to come out and play well and luckily I did. There’s no place I’d rather be right now.”

The close first set ended in a tie-break, with Draper seizing the opportunity to convert five set points and take the lead.

Draper secured the first break of serve in the second set at 3-2, eventually converting his third match point at 5-2 to seal the victory.

This win signifies a potential changing of the guard in British tennis, coming just a day after 37-year-old Andy Murray exited Queen’s with an injury.

Draper now faces American fifth seed Tommy Paul in the quarter-finals, while fellow Briton Billy Harris also reached the last eight after defeating French qualifier Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard.

(Source: AFP)

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