Jack Draper upsets Stefanos Tsitsipas for first top-10 win | ATP Tour

A wild Wednesday full of surprises in Montreal ended in the biggest shock of all, according to the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

On a day that also saw first, second and fifth seeds planted, #NextGenATP Brit and number 82 in the world Jack Draper ended the Canadian night session with a 7-5, 7-6(4) stunner against Stefanos Tsitsipas. By defeating the third seed and world No. 5, Draper earned his first top 10 win.

“That’s why I put in all the hard work for nights like this on stages like this,” said the 20-year-old qualifier in an on-pitch interview. “Last week [after] Washington, me and my coach probably thought we weren’t going to come here. We wanted to train for maybe a week to get some confidence. But coming was worth it.”

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The 77-place gap between Draper and Tsitsipas is easily the biggest of all the surprises of the day, with the Greek joining them Daniel Medvedev, Carlo Alcaraz and Andrei Rublev with an early exit at the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers.

Draper earned the win by moving the Greek off the baseline on court and being the more stable player over the course of the two-hour game, particularly in crucial moments on center court at the ATP Masters 1000.

“I didn’t really have a game plan,” Draper said. “I just thought I had to play good tennis to beat Stefanos. He’s at the top of the game for a reason. [He’s] someone I’ve looked up to over the past few years. It’s just good to be out here and trying to express myself on this stage.”

Both players drew plenty of looks on the return, with Draper finishing three of nine on break chances and Tsitsipas two of seven. But late in both sets, the Briton frustrated his opponent from the back of the court. Draper immediately recovered an early break in set number two and immediately recovered a mini-break in the tie-break before Tsitsipas committed three errors from 4/4 to seal his fate.

It was a deserved victory for Draper, who dominated behind his left serve and won 74 percent (35/47) of the points on his first delivery. While Tsitsipas started to dictate with his forehand in the second set and was the aggressor for much of the fight, he ended the match with 36 unforced errors compared to 35 winners. Draper was a plus of four by that measure, firing 21 winners from 17 errors.

The win lifts him to 62nd on the Pepperstone ATP Live rankings and sets him up for a new career high. He will face next Gael Monfilswho defeats Maxim Cressy 7-6(10), 7-6(6) earlier in the day.

Home favorite and sixth in the first game of the evening session in Montreal Felix Auger-Aliassime overcame stubborn resistance Yoshihito Nishioka to earn a 7-6(6), 6-4 win and set a meeting with the Los Cabos finalist Thursday Cameron Norrie.

Spurred on by the center court crowd, Auger-Aliassime used aggressive punches to dismiss Nishioka, who fell Nick Kyrgios in the Washington finals on Sunday. As shown by INSIGHTS: In attack According to statistics, the Canadian played 25 percent of his shots from an attacking position, more than the ATP Tour average of 23 percent.

Auger Aliassime vs Nishioka

But in the climax of the game – which decisively doubled as a set point in the first set – Auger-Aliassime did his damage from defense. As Nishioka found the corners to gain an advantage in a marathon point, the Canadian turned the tables with a stunning pass that electrified the Montreal crowd and propelled him to victory.

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