Tennis-Holder Alcaraz dumped out of Queen's by Draper in straight sets

  • Tennis
  • Thursday, 20 Jun 2024

Tennis - Queen's Club Championships - The Queen's Club, London, Britain - June 20, 2024 Britain's Jack Draper celebrates winning his round of 16 match against Spain's Carlos Alcaraz Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

LONDON (Reuters) - Carlos Alcaraz's Wimbledon preparations took a hit when he was dumped out of the Queen's Club Championships by in-form Jack Draper in a stunning 7-6(3) 6-3 last-16 defeat on Thursday.

The 21-year-old three-times Grand Slam champion, who claimed the French Open last month, won the 2023 Queen's event by beating Australian Alex de Minaur but the Spaniard was a shadow of his usual self against British number one Draper.

Fresh off winning the Stuttgart Open by beating former world number six Matteo Berrettini, Draper put on a near flawless display to clinch the opening set in 58 minutes against top seed Alcaraz before going on to secure his biggest career win.

The second set was a much more one-sided affair, with Draper making no mistake in snapping Alcaraz's 13-match grass winning streak, as the Briton's family proudly watched from the stands.

"It was a really tough match. I knew coming out here that Carlos is the defending champion, he won Wimbledon, he's an amazing talent. I knew I had to come out here and play really well, and luckily I did that," Draper said.

"I've got my grandad here in the Under Armour - he's just turned 80! My mum, my whole team, my school friends and all of you guys. Thank you."

Up next for Draper, 22, is American Tommy Paul in the quarter-finals.

(Reporting by Pearl Josephine Nazare in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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