At the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals on Wednesday, Jack Draper completed a round-robin victory by scores of 1-4, 4-2, 4-3(2), and 4-2 despite a strong start from Chun-Hsin Tseng.
The 20-year-victory old's was significant as he attempts to make his debut in the 21-and-under season finale semifinals. Now with a 1-0 record in Red Group, Draper was pleased with how he had recovered against Tseng after losing to Dominic Stricker in his first encounter.
In their first clash at the tour level, Tseng struck the ball more consistently than Draper in a quick beginning. Despite the shorter shot clock (just 15 seconds if the server hits an ace, a double fault, or if the returner misses the return through forced or unforced error), the Chinese Taipeian player, 21, remained steady to neutralise his opponent's strength and secured the lone break of a 17-minute first set. But at the start of the second set, Draper rediscovered his rhythm with his powerful lefty forehand and from that point on, he dominated the game. The British player bashed in 19 victories, including six aces, as his greater power ultimately proved to be the deciding factor.