A Matthews final for Jack
JACK DRAPER suffered “torture” as he sealed the chance to become the first British boys singles champion since Stanley Matthews Jr in 1962.
Draper, 16, needed 10 match points before reaching the final to win the second-longest junior match in Wimbledon history and see off No.5 seed Nicolas Mejia 7-6 6-7 19-17 in four hours and 24 minutes.
The left-hander, son of former LTA chief executive Roger Draper, broke the Colombian’s serve for only the second time to win the match with a smash.
Mejia broke down in tears at the end. Draper said: “I can’t feel my legs. Apart from that, I’m overhwelmed by it all. I am happy with the way I cam through it but I am totally overwhelmed.
“I had a match point in the second set tiebreak and then had nine more after that. It was torture for me but I am glad I got it done in the end.”
Told that Stanley Matthews Jr – son of the legendary footballer – was the last British winner, he added: “I have never heard of that name. That must have been a long time ago.”
He now faces top seed Tseng Chun-hsin, who won this year’s Australian and French titles.
EXHAUSTED But Draper battled through to the final