Britain’s Jack Draper came from behind to clinch his first title of the season, after defeating Daniel Cukierman 4-6 6-3 6-2 in Roehampton.
The young prospect knocked out four fellow Brits on his way to claim the title, including Paul Jubb in the semi-finals on Friday, in what was touted by many as a glimpse into the future of British tennis.
Draper’s title win – his first at M25 level – marks an important step in his young career. After reaching the semi-finals in Glasgow earlier in the year, the 17 year-old has shown recently he is ready to step up after winning a match at Challenger level and pushing Alexander Bublik at Queen’s qualifying.
The final itself was fairly straightforward, with neither player facing a break point until Draper was serving at 4-4. After losing his serve, the unranked Israeli qualifier clinched the opening set on his second set point.
Draper came out fighting after this setback, and after missing out on his first break points at 2-1, finally broke his opponent’s resistance to take a 4-2 lead. Despite the Brit being immediately pegged back, Draper fought back and eventually took the second set 6-3.
The final set saw the Brit take control, and despite a wobble at 4-1, where Draper lost his serve, the teenager clinched his third successive break and comfortably served it out to clinch the title.
While his opponent in Saturday’s final wasn’t a familiar name, Draper’s ability to recover from an early set-back to win the title is going to be extremely important in his development.
It marks the beginning of a British double-header, as Draper now travels to Chiswick to take part in another M25 event.