2024 Queen's Club Championships Thursday Schedule and Preview: Alcaraz Finds Way to Watch Euros

Wednesday, 19 June 2024 at 21:00
The schedule has been confirmed for Thursday at the 2024 Queen’s Club Championships with the second-round matches, led by the match between two players with good grass-court records: world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and recent Stuttgart Open champion Jack Draper.
The four round-of-16 matches will be played on Centre Court, featuring interesting duels, including 5th seed Tommy Paul against the dangerous Alejandro Tabilo and Lorenzo Musetti versus Brandon Nakashima.

Alcaraz makes room to watch Spain's Euro Cup match

The match of the day will undoubtedly be Alcaraz versus Draper. As the main event of the day, it was expected that they would play in one of the afternoon slots, which coincides with Spain's second Euro Cup match, this time against Italy.
Alcaraz's love for football is well-known, often seen in the VIP boxes at Real Madrid's Champions League matches when his schedule permits. This time, he won’t be able to attend the match in person but will be able to watch it on TV since his match is scheduled for the second slot of the day, giving him plenty of time to support his national team.
Locally, the day's schedule will open at 12:00 pm with the Tabilo-Paul match. After that, it will be Alcaraz's turn to take the court, probably between 2 and 3 pm local time, while Spain's Euro Cup match will be at 8 pm London time.
The first match of the day will feature Alejandro Tabilo (No. 24) against American 5th seed Tommy Paul (No. 13). The Chilean debuted with a victory against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (No. 33), in just his second career win on grass, in a match that was played over two different days due to rain suspension.
Tommy Paul is the 5th favourite of the tournament. He will face Alejandro Tabilo.
Tommy Paul comes from defeating another South American, Argentine Sebastian Baez (No. 19). Paul will be favored as the more experienced grass-court player (16-11 record) after a comfortable first-round win, where he won 76% of points on his first serve and 46% on return points.
After the Tabilo-Paul match, world No. 1 and defending champion Carlos Alcaraz will take the court. The Spaniard is on a 13-match winning streak on grass, considering last year's 12 wins that earned him titles at Queen’s and Wimbledon.
In his debut, he faced Francisco Cerundolo (No. 26) and secured a comfortable 6-1, 7-5 win, showing that the surface change was no problem after winning the French Open. This time, he will face a player who feels much more comfortable on grass and is at his peak confidence.
Draper won his first ATP 250 title at the Stuttgart Open last week, defeating Matteo Berrettini in the final. Draper reached his career-high ranking of world No. 31 and continues to climb, being one to watch for Wimbledon. Currently, the head-to-head is in favor of Alcaraz 2-0.

Nakashima and Musetti to close day with youthful showdown

Two lesser-known names will face off in the third match when teenage qualifier Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard (No. 67) faces world No. 162 Billy Harris, who received a wild card from the organizers.
Mpetshi has only 12 matches at ATP-level tournaments but has already won his first title at the Lyon Open, defeating Tomas Martin Etcheverry in the final. The 19-year-old player came through the qualifying rounds at Queen’s and surprised in the first round by defeating 6th seed Ben Shelton (No. 14).
His rival, Billy Harris, played against Etcheverry this week and defeated him in three sets. The 29-year-old Brit has even less experience on the Tour, having spent most of his career in Challenger tournaments with only three matches at Tour-level.
The day will conclude with a clash between young players Brandon Nakashima (No. 63) and Lorenzo Musetti (No. 30), both 22 years old. They have no previous encounters and have similar records in the current grass swing.
Last week, both were semifinalists at the Stuttgart Open, bringing several matches on grass over the past week. However, Nakashima fell to eventual champion Jack Draper, while Musetti lost to his compatriot Matteo Berrettini.

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