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Adelaide International: Draper upsets eighth seed Paul to set up revenge clash against Khachanov

Jack Draper is 0-2 lifetime against Khachanov, who also beat him last week

Jack Draper at the 2023 ATP Adelaide International 1 Jack Draper at the 2023 ATP Adelaide International 1 Image Credit: Icon SMI / Panoramic

Young British player Jack Draper upset American Tommy Paul, the No 8 seed, 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Adelaide International at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre.

Ahead of his win over Paul, Draper had defeated against Italian Lorenzo Sonego (6-4, 6-2) while Paul, five spots above at No 35, defeated Australian lucky loser Christopher O’Connell (6-4, 7-5) in his Adelaide opener.

Draper looking for first win over Khachanov in third meeting

Draper, ranked No 40 in the world, will play third seeded Karen Khachanov, of Russia, in the last eight. The Russian scored a 6-4, 6-4 win over Swiss Marc-Andrea Huesler and Russian Karen Khachanov, the No 3 seed, next.

Draper will be looking to avenge his loss to Khachanov from last week at the Adelaide 1 event and the 2022 US Open in September.

The Russian defeated the Brit 6-4, 6-2 last week and was leading in their third round clash at Flushing Meadows 6-3, 4-6, 6-5 when Draper retired.

Adelaide ATP 250, other second-round results (Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, hard, USD 713,495, most recent results first):

  • Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (7) beat John Millman (Q): 6-3, 6-3
  • Andrey Rublev vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis
  • Jason Kubler vs. Miomir Kecmanovic
  • SoonWoo Kwon vs. Pablo Carreno Busta
  • Mackenzie McDonald vs. Mikael Ymer
  • Roberto Bautista Agut vs. Robin Haase
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