TennisSection previews the 2022 Montreal Masters as Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on Jack Draper in the second round on Wednesday, August 10th, 2022.
Will Stefanos Tsitsipas live up to this high seed status at the Montreal Masters? Or will Jack Draper continue to toil against the big boys? This should be an intriguing clash and there is a very genuine possibility of an upset.
Stefanos Tsitsipas will be playing for the first time since losing in the third round of Wimbledon. The highly-tempered contestedbetween Nick Kyrgios was a thriller. The Greek managed to win a match at the Championships this season for the first time since 2018, which is slightly surprising considering his attacking game is tailor-made for fast surfaces. But despite struggling at Wimbledon, Tsitsipas has been in full-flow on other surfaces. He has won more matches than any other player this year and has already racked up two titles including a successful title defense in Monte Carlo in April. Will he return to winning ways at the Montreal Masters?
Jack Draper will stand in Tsitsipas’ path. The Briton is one of the most-talked about young players among the Next Gen stars. Since he burst onto the scene with his cameo at Wimbledon last year (taking a set from Novak Djokovic), Draper has improved by leaps and bounds. He has cracked the top 100 for the firsttime and he appears ready to run the gauntlet this week. Draper came through qualifying at the Montreal Masters and scored a fine over Hugo Gaston in the first round, hammering seven aces and winning five of 10 break points.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jack Draper have not clashed on the ATP Tour. Wednesday’s clash at the Montreal Masters will be their first official meeting. Draper has only dropped serve once all the way from qualifying. But he will face a significant level of proposition in Tsitsipas. The Greek might be exposed from his backhand side which is naturally not his strongest wing because of his one hander. So Draper might get a lot of joy putting together a pattern of play to attack it while serving. But Tsitsipashas a lot more variety and shots to mask his fragile backhand. If he can keep Draper pinned behind the baseline, he should come through unscathed.
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