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Qualifier Jack Draper reflects on shock win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Montreal

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Qualifier Jack Draper, 20, stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Montreal Masters and afterward said he’s happy to see his hard work paying off on the biggest stage. Draper, the 82nd-ranked player in the world, stunned third-seeded Tsitsipas 7-5 7-6 (4) in the Montreal second round.

“This is why I put in all the hard work, for nights like this on stages like this,” Draper said on-court after the win, per the ATP website. “Last week [after] Washington, me and my coach probably were thinking we weren’t even going to come here.

We were going to maybe train a week, get a bit of confidence. But it paid off coming.”

Draper: I just knew I’d have to play good to beat Tsitsipas

Following a shock victory over Tsitsipas, Draper admitted he didn’t really much of a game plan going into the match.

Instead, Draper just focused on playing his game as he believed he could win if he showed a good level of tennis. “I didn’t really have much of a game plan,” Draper said. “I just thought I needed 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 the last few years. It’s just good to be out here and try to express myself on this stage.” Draper earned the first break of the match in the third game but Tsitsipas broke back in the sixth game to tie the set to three games apiece.

After blowing an early break, Draper broke Tsitsipas again in the 11th game to open a 6-5 lead. In the following game, Draper served out for the first set. After losing the first set, Tsitsipas broke Draper early and took a 3-1 second-set lead.

Unfortunately for Tsitsipas, his lead was short-lvied as Draper broke back in the fifth game and eventually forced a tie-break. In the tie-break, the two players were tied to four points apiece, before Draper won the next three points to complete a two-set win.

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