Jack Draper joins Andy Murray in the third round of the US Open

Jack Draper put on a stunning performance to defeat sixth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime to join Andy Murray in the third round of the US Open.

Earlier in the day, Murray reached the last 32 at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2016 after beating American wildcard Emilio Nava 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0.

But he was upstaged in the Night Session by 20-year-old Draper, who has been improving at lightning speed this season, dominating last year’s semi-finalist Auger-Aliassime in a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win.

“It was a tough game,” Draper said. “He’s obviously a top player for a reason. Someone I’ve been watching for the last few years and wanted a chance to play against.

“Beating him in a Grand Slam is of course a great achievement for me. I’m proud of my performance out there today.

“All the hard work I’ve put in over the past few years is for these moments. Of course it also means a lot (for) myself, but (for) all the people around me who support me every day, who go through ups and downs with me, this is a great moment.”

The result means Draper, who next meets Russia’s Karen Khachanov, will break into the top 50 for the first time after being ranked outside of 250 earlier in the season.

Murray didn’t have it all his way against 20-year-old Nava, losing an 84-minute opening set before impressively turning things around.

The Scot has finally stopped struggling with his body, saying: “Physically, it’s the best I’ve felt in the last few years. My movement is by far the best in a long time, it’s always been a very important part of my game.

“Nowadays, especially when there are a lot of guys hitting a huge ball, you have to be able to defend well. I feel like I’m doing that right now. I’m getting closer to my goal and I hope I can have a deep run here.”

The 2012 champion next faces a big test against 13th seed and former Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini.

However, there was disappointment for Harriet Dart, who was unable to continue her big win over Daria Kasatkina, losing 6-4, 6-0 to Dalma Galfi.

Dart was tearful afterwards, saying: “It was a lot to digest from the other day. I wasn’t really gaining momentum and felt pretty awful out there. It’s just disappointing to play like that in a slam. You have such highs and such lows in a week.

“I haven’t felt that good all week, but on Monday I found something. I think it took a lot out of me emotionally and physically I was pretty exhausted during this journey.”

Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans will be looking to make it to the third round with four British men when they take on Joao Sousa and James Duckworth on Thursday.

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