Jack Draper’s meteoric rise continues as he wins on US Open main draw debut

Jack Draper in action

Jack Draper made a winning US Open debut against Emil Ruusuvuori to set up a second-round clash with sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime.

While all eyes were on Serena Williams over on Arthur Ashe, Draper ruthlessly got on with business on Court Nine at Flushing Meadows, claiming a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Finn Ruusuvuori.

Although this was Draper’s first senior match at Flushing Meadows, such has been his meteoric rise this season that he was already viewed as someone to avoid in the draw.

The same could be said of Ruusuvuori, who is ranked four places higher than Draper at 49 and defeated the 20-year-old Londoner at the Queen’s Club Championships during the grass-court season.

But here Draper showed the pace of his improvement by seizing the opportunities that came his way.

Draper broke once in the first set, three times in the second and once in the third with Ruusuvuori’s solitary break coming in the second set.

The British No 4 started his maiden US Open campaign on the back of reaching his maiden ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final at the Canadian Open in Montreal – defeating third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round after coming through qualifiers – and he followed it up with another run to the last eight at the ATP 250 Winston-Salem Open last week.

And a rise into the top 50 of the ATP Rankings is now a real possibility for the rising star who started the year at No 265.

Up next is an intriguing second-round date against Auger-Aliassime after the Canadian defeated Alexander Ritschard from Switzerland 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The winner of the Draper-Auger-Aliassime match will face either 27th seed Karen Khachanov or Thiago Monteiro in the third round.

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