TennisSection previews the 2023 Adelaide International 2 as Tommy Paul takes on Jack Draper in the second round on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.
It should be an interesting second-round match at the Adelaide International 2 as Tommy Paul looks to reach his first quarterfinal of 2023. But will it come at the expense of Jack Draper, the 21-year-old Briton who made waves last season and is in the world’s Top 40 this week?
Tommy Paul knows all too well, he has a battle on his hands when he faces Jack Draper on Wednesday at the Adelaide International 2. Granted the American has sufficient power to blow away half of the ATP’s Top 100, but he is likely to meet his match in Draper. Paul, though, will be feeling confident about his game after starting his season with a bang. The 25-year-old was far too polished for Christopher O’Connell in the first round, winning 6-4 7-5.
Jack Draper, meanwhile, returned to winning ways at the Adelaide International 2. The British lefty won in straight sets against the hard-hitting Lorenzo Sonego – a player who only just returned from injury. But nonetheless, Draper looked in total command, converting four of eight break points, and only dropped his serve once in the match. He will face an uphill battle against Tommy Paul on Wednesday.
Tommy Paul and Jack Draper have not played each other on the ATP Tour. Wednesday’s match at the Adelaide International 2 will be their first official meeting. This is should be a close contest in the offing. Paul and Draper possess explosive power off the ground. Neither player will be looking to cede cheap points behind serve and we might potentially get at least a tiebreak in this one. We are backing the young Briton to come out on top, he is in the form of his life and he will no doubt want to celebrate his place in the Top 40 by going deep in the tournament.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Jack Draper in 3 sets.
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