After dismantling fourth-seeded Taylor Fritz in the opening round of the Queen’s Club Championships and living in his spot at the open in the upper half of the draw, Jack Draper took the realistic opportunity of a deeper run in his second round. I participated in the match. Instead, he took valuable lessons in his young career as he surpassed 6-2, 7-6 (2) by qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori.
With just a handful of his appearances at the top level of men’s professional tennis, the 20-year-old Draper showed his potential and enjoyed success by wielding his considerable arsenal. However, hard-working Finnish player Ruusuvuori showed all the confidence he gained from the qualifying round when he neutralized the strengths of the draper and eliminated the weaknesses.
“I’m not often exaggerated,” Draper said. “I felt today was one of the day. He had a great match. There are some things that might have been better tactically, but I’m a little confused. To be honest, I’m a little confused. I really don’t know what I loaded to improve the load. “
From the beginning, Ruusuvuori managed to handle the draper’s big left-handed serve well, earning numerous returns and consistently landing them deep. During the rally, he stood on a baseline dominated by his forehand and became obsessed with his attacks. When he controlled the exchange, he revealed the movement of the draper in the process. It has improved, but remains a weakness at the highest levels.
He served very well on his own and Ruusuvuori couldn’t keep up with Draper’s serve return as he passed through the first set with minimal problems.
Through a tough second set, Draper fought brilliantly under constant pressure in his own service game, finding a big serve at key points and saving match points 4-5. However, Ruusuvuoli’s excellent return and movement, and his dominance at the rally, were reflected in a simple tiebreaker as he headed for victory.
For Ruusuvuoli, his coach, Federico Ricci, is a big win for young and young players himself, compared to a group of LTA staff and family members who came to see Draper play in his hometown. Growing on tour. The 23-year-old will be in the top 50 for the first time next week.
Despite his disappointment, such a defeat against a capable and experienced enemy is only valuable to the draper at this point in his growth. “Of course, starting this week we can take in some positive points. Defeat Taylor’s top players. [Fritz]However, you can take some lessons from today. This will definitely help us move forward, “he said.
While waiting to see if his compatriots and companions would be awarded the Wimbledon Wildcard, he had already made a cut as his ranking went up during a groundbreaking season that included four Challenger titles. Sitting at the highest rank of 99 careers. He now heads to Eastbourne to play the final tournament before Wimbledon begins.
Only the inexperienced Britons in the lottery remain in the Queen’s Club. After defeating top-seeded Casper Ruud and winning the top five in the first ATP main draw match, wildcard Ryan Peniston will face Francisco Serundro on Thursday.
In Birmingham, Katie Vaulter defeated recent Nottingham finalist Alison Riske to advance to the quarter-finals, beating 74th-placed France’s Caroline Garcia 7-6 (5), 6-1. Once a top 5 player. This victory is the fourth WTA quarterfinal in No 141 Vaulter’s career, with three of them standing on the grass.
Even after suffering a major back injury in 2019, former Top 100 player Vaulter faces the toughest possible opposition towards the first WTA semifinal. She will face 2019 Wimbledon Champion Simona Halep. Simona Halep defeated Britain’s Harriet Dart 6-3, 6-2.