A Matthews final for Jack

Irish Daily Mirror - - IRISH DAILY MIRROR -

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

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