Jack Draper beats Fabio Fognini to prepare the round of 16 match against Dominic Thiem

Britain’s number four Jack Draper has beaten veteran Italian Fabio Fognini at the ATP Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina to set up a round of 16 encounter with Dominic Thiem.

Draper looked to keep the momentum of his good run in Montreal, where he competed as a qualifier and upset Stefanos Tsitsipas as well as Gael Monfils as he reached the quarterfinals – a run that saw him rise to a career-top ranking of 55.

On Tuesday, the pair traded breaks in the opening set before the 20-year-old, 13 seeded and handing a bye in the first round, reinforced his return leg to nab a second break and win the set.

Fognini lifted his second leg to win the following set but then seemed to run out of energy in the third set as Draper passed his opponent to secure a spot against 2020 US Open champion Thiem.

Earlier, Kyle Edmund fell 6-4, 7-6 (5) to 10th-placed Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi.

Edmund, who beat Greece’s Mikhail Pervolarakis in the first round, was broken twice in the opening set as Bonzi opened a 5-3 lead before ending it in his next service game.

The 26-year-old Frenchman then claimed the second set, clinching a streak of four straight three-set losses.

Britain’s women’s number two Harriet Dart fought bravely but lost a rain-delayed second-round match to Spain’s Nuria Parrizas-Diaz at the WTA Championships Banque Nationale De Granby in Canada.

Dart, who beat Belgium’s Maryna Zanevska in the first round, broke in the sixth game of the opening set.

Fifth seed Parrizas-Diaz then saved five break points to stave off a comeback from Dart, who lost a 40-0 lead in her next service game as the Spaniard finally finished the set.

Play was halted early in the second set due to rain, but it wasn’t a long delay.

Both women failed to hold their first service games before the second set was leveled 2-2 and the rain returned to force the players off again, this time for an extended period.

As the washout continued, tournament organizers announced that no game would be played before 6 p.m. local time.

As conditions improved, play was able to resume, but nine hours into the game the Spaniard finished 6-2, 6-4 against darts.

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