Draper falls in Brits Clash: Norrie triumphs in straight sets to secure Wimbledon third round spot

Thursday, 04 July 2024 at 20:17
Cameron Norrie (No. 42) claimed victory over his compatriot Jack Draper (No. 28) with a score of 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-6, advancing to the third round at Wimbledon. The former world No. 8 delivered a dominant performance and managed to close out the match in straight sets.
The duel between the Brit No. 1 and Brit No. 2 thrilled the home crowd, although the favourite Draper was unable to overcome his opponent. Norrie is now the last local player in contention in the singles draw.
The first set was marked by Draper's struggles with his second serve, which gave Norrie most of his opportunities. The 22-year-old had an impeccable first serve performance, winning 96% of those points compared to Norrie's 75%.
However, it was Draper's second serve that proved costly, as he won only 3 out of 14 points (21%), allowing Norrie to capitalise in crucial moments. Despite this, there were no break points played, leading to a tie-break where Norrie prevailed 7-3, winning four out of Draper's five service points.
This momentum gave Norrie a strong start in the second set. He won 11 consecutive points and led 4-0 after just over 20 minutes. Draper mounted a comeback, converting his first break point of the match to narrow the lead. Despite this, Norrie was impeccable on serve, giving his opponent no further opportunities, and took the second set 6-4.
With a clear advantage, Draper didn't give up. Forehand exchanges began to favour the Brit No. 1, who had several break opportunities and barely conceded points on his serve. He broke in the sixth game and led 5-2. However, Norrie responded, breaking back and taking the set to another tie-break.
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Jack Draper at Queen's Club Championships.
In the decisive set, both players held leads, but a costly double fault from Draper handed the final mini-break to Norrie, who did not falter on serve to close out the victory 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-6(6). Norrie is now the only local player remaining in the competition as the third round lineup is finalised. His next opponent will be the winner of the match between Marcos Giron (No. 46) and Alexander Zverev (No. 4).

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