Jack Draper’s Debut Run Continues After Gael Monfils Retires | ATP Tour

Jack DraperHis dream debut continued in Montreal on Thursday, but it was an injury nightmare Gael Monfils in the pair’s third-round match.

The #NextGenATP Briton was leading 6-2, 0-2 on Court Central when Monfils suffered a foot injury in his first ATP Tour appearance since Madrid in May. The Frenchman appeared to be exacerbating an issue he underwent a minor procedure for later that month.

After a medical time-out, Monfils returned to the pitch with intentions to play, but withdrew before hitting another ball after a pitchside discussion with his team.

“I know what it’s like to hurt your ankle,” said a subdued Draper after the game. “I did one last year and recovered. I hope Gael is okay. I wish him all the best for the rest of the season. I think being in the quarter-finals is nice for me, but it never happens the way you want it to happen.”

After tipping over the third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas late Wednesday night to claim his first top 10 win. draper backed it up with a clean opening set against Monfils. He didn’t have a break point in the first set and converted both of his chances to take the lead.

The 20-year-old qualifier dropped serve in the second game of the second set but managed a 15/30 opening on the return before Monfil’s injury.

With only two wins at tour level in 2022. draper has reached his third ATP Tour quarterfinals and his first at the ATP Masters 1000 level National Bank Open Presented by Rogers.

“On tour, sometimes it’s your week,” he said of his breakthrough. “When you train hard every day and keep your head down, I think these things happen. I’m very happy to be here in the quarter-finals. It means a lot to me.”

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After that, his win against Tsitsipas ended after midnight local time. draper happy to leave the place before sunset.

“The most important thing is to just get a good night’s sleep,” he said, looking ahead to his quarter-final game Pablo Carreno Busta. “I finished very late last night. I came out today and spoke to my coach and we thought it was going to be a tough mental challenge to come out here and give it your all today. But I think I did well and hopefully tomorrow I can push a bit [on my opponent].”

Carreno Busta used a dominant service performance to upset the seventh seed Jannik sinner 6-2, 6-4 with no break point. The Spaniard was three out of five on his own break chances and was pushed to the debut just once in his opening game.

Going into his fourth quarterfinal in 2022 and his first of the year on hard, Carreno Busta improved to 2-1 in his ATP Head2Head series against Sinner while dropping the Italian to 17-4 on hard this season. Both men were aiming for a first-ever quarterfinal at the Canadian ATP Masters 1000 event.

Daniel Evans defeated TaylorFritz for the second time in as many weeks early Thursday night with a 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-5 win on Court 9. After Fritz was eliminated in the third set of the pair’s Washington matchup last week, the Americans from Montreal fought to the end. The 10th seed denied Evans in his first attempt to level the match at 5-4 in the decider, although the Brit did his part by netting three double faults on the ad side.

But Evans responded with an immediate breakback, making no mistake in his second attempt to book his place in the quarters on serve.

Next he meets another American Thomas Paulwho posted a 6-4, 6-2 record against the 13th seed Marin Cilic, saves four break points in his last service game. Paul saved a match point to stun Carlo Alcaraz on Thursday in the second round.

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