Jack Draper Beaten by Alex de Minaur in Three-Hour Japan Open Clash After Serving for the Match

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Jack Draper Beaten by Alex de Minaur in Three-Hour Japan Open Clash After Serving for the Match

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Despite an impressive start, Jack Draper faced a tough defeat in a grueling three-hour showdown against the world No. 13 Alex de Minaur at the Japan Open. Draper, the British No. 4, took an early lead and even had an opportunity to serve for the match at 5-4 in the final set. However, De Minaur displayed remarkable resilience, securing a hard-fought 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(1) victory, setting the stage for an upcoming clash with Francisco Cerundolo or Diego Schwartzman.

Draper, fresh from his recent notable performances, including wins over Hubert Hurkacz, Karen Khachanov, Tommy Paul, and Andy Murray, showcased a valiant effort throughout the match. The encounter marked Draper’s return to the ATP Tour after participating in two ATP Challenger events in France following his commendable last 16 run at the US Open.

The first set saw Draper taking the lead with a 6-4 win, reminiscent of their previous encounter at Wimbledon in 2022. Despite an early 2-0 lead in the second set, De Minaur retaliated with a strong four-game streak to go up 4-2. Though Draper managed to level the score, a closely contested tie-breaker favored De Minaur, leading the match into a decisive set.

While Draper demonstrated resilience, a challenging ninth game hindered his chances as he grappled with cramps. De Minaur capitalized on the opportunity, eventually sealing the victory with an ace in the tie-breaker.

With this win, De Minaur remains a strong contender in the race to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, currently standing 13th in the standings, 560 points behind the eighth-placed Holger Rune.

In other upcoming matches, British No. 1 Cameron Norrie is set to face top seed Taylor Fritz in the last 32 of the Tokyo Open on Tuesday, while British No. 2 Dan Evans will take on Filip Misolic at the Stockholm Open.

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