Jack Draper made a successful US Open debut against Emil Ruusuvuori to face sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round.
With all eyes on Serena Williams and Arthur Ashe, Draper continued recklessly on Court Nine to claim a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 win over Finn Ruusuvuori.
Although this was Draper’s first senior game at Flushing Meadows, his meteoric rise this season has been such that he was already seen as someone to avoid in the draw.
Ditto for Ruusuvuori, who at 49 ranks four places ahead of Draper and defeated the 20-year-old Londoner at Queen’s this summer.
But here Draper showed the pace of his improvement by taking advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves.
He converted all five break points he created and dropped serve just once to book an intriguing second-round date against Canadian Auger-Aliassime.
Draper said: “It’s my third Grand Slam, second on merit. I would say it’s a really important win for me. He had me at Queen’s, he played an incredible match there, so I definitely had doubts before the match.
“But I was proud of how I handled my first time here, thought I played a solid match. I think I can still improve in tennis, but mentally and physically it was a good performance.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/jack-draper-felix-augeraliassime-new-york-serena-williams-atp-tour-b2155354.html Jack Draper meets Felix Auger-Aliassime after defeating Emil Ruusuvuori