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Draper and De Minaur both pick up titles to begin grass swing

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Bren Gray

It was a fruitful first week on grass for UTS players, with both Jack “The Power” Draper and Alex “The Demon” de Minaur winning titles over the weekend.

For Draper, it was the Brit’s first title on the ATP Tour, and coincides with the 22-year-old becoming the youngest-ever British No 1 on Monday. He was made to do it tough, defeating grass court specialist Matteo Berrettini in an entertaining three-set clash.

De Minaur, on the other hand, won his ninth career title. He did so with ease, moving past Sebastian Korda 6-2, 6-4 in just over an hour and a half. The win solidifies the Australian’s position as an outside favourite for Wimbledon, with De Minaur looking sharp on the grass already.

Draper comes up clutch against Berrettini

When The Power won the UTS Grand Final in London late last year, one of the hallmarks of his play was an ability to win the big points.

So much of UTS comes down to who can win when their bonus card is played, or who steps up when quarter point rolls around.

Against Berrettini in the final of the Boss Open in Stuttgart, Draper edged out the Italian thanks to his play under pressure as well.

A look at the stats shows no advantage to the Brit. Both players won exactly 50 percent of the points contested, while Berrettini even served at a higher percentage and struck more winners.

However, when Draper got one of only three break points across the match in the seventh game of the final set, he pounced. With breaks of serve notoriously difficult to come by against a big server like Berrettini on grass, the Brit taking his one chance proved crucial.

Ultimately, Draper went on to close out the match 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 to claim his first title. He now also moves to a career-high of No 30, and is an excellent chance of being seeded at Wimbledon.

De Minaur leverages clay momentum into grass success

For The Demon, his week in ‘s-Hertogenbosch was an impressive display of grass court tennis.

De Minaur did not drop a set all week, running past Zizou Bergs, Milos Raonic, Ugo Humbert and then Sebastian Korda in straight sets.

His trademark speed and defence again gave him success against Korda, with the Aussie having to dig himself out of several holes in a match that was tougher than the score made it seem.

The Demon’s 6-2, 6-4 victory also takes him to a new career-high, with the 25-year-old up to No 7 in the world for the first time. He’ll be able to celebrate alongside girlfriend Katie Boulter, who just hours after De Minaur, defended her title in Nottingham.

De Minaur will next be competing in UTS this August, where he takes to the courts of New York city alongside Nick Kyrgios, Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev at UTS New York.