On Thursday in Montreal, Jack Draper’s magical debut continued, while Gael Monfils’ injury nightmare began, when they faced off in the third round.
In his first ATP Tour outing since Madrid in May, Monfils injured his foot while playing against the British #NextGenATP player on Court Central. The Frenchman seems to have made matters worse, despite having just had a minor operation to address the same problem.
Monfils returned to the court after a medical timeout intending to compete, but he retired before striking another ball following a talk with his team at courtside.
A quiet Draper stated after the game, “I know what it’s like to do an ankle.” “I tried it a year ago and felt well afterward. I pray that Gael is doing well. To that end, I hope the rest of the season goes well for him. Being in the quarterfinals is cool, I guess, but it’s never the ideal scenario.”
After earning his first Top 10 victory late Wednesday night over third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas. Draper supported his claims by winning the first set easily over Monfils. In the first game, he faced no break points and easily took the lead by making both of his shots.
In the second game of set two, the 20-year-old qualifier lost serve but opened up a 15/30 advantage on return before Monfils’ injury.
A two-time circuit winner going into 2022 with no other victories of note. Draper has advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers, making it to his third ATP Tour quarterfinal and first at the ATP Masters 1000 level.
His breakout was described as “your week” on tour. “I think these things occur if you put forth the effort to exercise hard every day and keep your head down. I’m thrilled to have made it to the semifinal round. What you’ve done means a great deal to me.”
His victory with Tsitsipas, which lasted into the stroke of midnight in his time zone, was especially sweet. Draper hopes to be off the court and back in time for dinner.
Before his quarterfinal match against Pablo Carreno Busta, he commented, “The most important thing is just to get a nice night now.” “My completion occurred late last night. After talking to my coach, I decided to come out here today knowing that it would be a mental challenge to give it my all. But I believe I succeeded, and I will hopefully be able to exert some pressure [on my opponent] tomorrow.”
Without facing a break point, Carreno Busta defeated Jannik Sinner, the seventh seed, 6-2, 6-4 with to his strong serving performance. The Spaniard was only taken to deuce once, in his first service game, but he converted on three of five break points of his own.
Carreno Busta is now 2-1 in his ATP Head2Head series versus Sinner, and he has eliminated the Italian, who was 17-4 on hard courts this season, to advance to his fourth quarterfinal of 2022. At the ATP Masters 1000 in Canada, both men were trying to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time.
Early on Thursday evening, Daniel Evans won 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-5 on Court 9 against Taylor Fritz, his second consecutive victory over Fritz in as many weeks. In contrast to their previous week’s encounter in Washington, DC, where Fritz resigned in the third set, the American did not give up until the very end in Montreal. The 10th seed prevented Evans from serving out the match at 5-4 in the last set, despite the fact that the British player contributed to the loss by making three ad-side double faults into the net.
Evans, however, broke right back and held serve at the second try to advance to the quarterfinals.
Tommy Paul, another American, who beat No. 13 seed Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2 after fending off four break points in the deciding service game, is up next. On Thursday, Paul stunned Carlos Alcaraz in the second round by fending off a match point.