Jack Draper was awestruck by Andy Murray the first few times he met him, but the 21-year-old British player at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night displayed star power of his own with a debonair performance against his fellow countryman.
Draper defeated Murray in their maiden ATP Head2Head match 7-6(6), 6-2 to earn his second straight win in Indian Wells over a fellow Englishman after defeating Daniel Evans in the second round. Draper won just enough of the exciting exchanges in a two-hour encounter to win an up-and-down first set, and then he pushed his advantage in the second set by relying on his left-handed serve and forehand.
He also made great use of his attacks on the net, scoring 18 of his 26 points from the frontcourt. At 5-6 in the first set, he saved a set point with an ace. He then won the next four games to secure a historic victory, winning it on a double fault for his third break of the match.