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Queen’s 2024: Jack Draper beats Carlos Alcaraz in London

Jack Draper jumps into the air after beating Carlos Alcaraz at Queen's

This match-up was a tantalising prospect which instantly caught the eye when the draw was made at the weekend.

The Wimbledon champion versus Britain’s most promising hope.

Draper has made great strides over the past year, since coming back from the shoulder injury which ruled him out of the entire British grass-court swing last year.

Facing Alcaraz was a test of his progress – and he passed with flying colours.

Draper’s work in recent months to be more aggressive with his explosive game, and dominating his opponent in the rallies, was seen in a confident display.

His mentality was equally impressive. Draper looked composed and focused throughout, rising to an occasion which he relished without overexcitement compromising his execution.

“You have to go out there and honestly believe you can win the match – that’s what I did,” he said.

After sealing victory, Draper initially remained cool as he shook hands with Alcaraz but released his emotion seconds later with a huge leap into the air.

The passionate reaction of the Queen’s crowd showed their elation at seeing another British star emerge.

Draper’s development has been timely given the void which is set to be created by Andy Murray’s impending retirement.

Even Murray, who is set to retire from the sport later this year aged 37, has stoked the excitement by backing Draper to go “right to the top” of the sport.

“The more times you come through these tough moments, against great players like Carlos, the more you start to believe you can do things that you thought were impossible,” Draper added.

“The more times I come through these matches, the more I believe I can go to the top.”

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