Jack Draper claims big win at Madrid Open as he stuns Lorenzo Sonego to set up Andrey Rublev clash

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Jack Draper has repaid the Madrid Open organisers following their decision to hand him a wildcard by claiming an upset win over Lorenzo Sonego in the first round.

Organisers of the ATP Masters 1000 event came in for some flak after only one of the nine wildcards went to a Spaniard with Great Britain’s Draper one of those who went straight into the main draw.

Draper, who also reached the second round of the Miami Open a fortnight ago, backed up the decision as he claimed his first-ever win on clay on the ATP, defeating the out-of-sorts world No 27 Sonego 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 38 minutes.

Draper has won four ATP Challenger events this year with his last coming at Saint-Brieuc, France, in April and he carried that form over to Madrid.

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The world No 124 broke in game four, but the Italian drew level in game nine only for Draper to get a second break and wrap up the set in the next game.

There was only one break of serve in the second set with the crucial moment coming in game four as Draper claimed his second-biggest win in terms of ranking. The 20-year-old also defeated then world No 19 Jannik Sinner at Queen’s Club in 2021.

The British youngster will face another big challenge in the second round as he will take on sixth seed Andrey Rublev, but he is already set to rise to a career-high of No 121 in the ATP Rankings after his first-round win.

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