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Jack Draper Powers Past Karen Khachanov In Adelaide Quarterfinals
By Ken Miller, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2023 10:43pm PST USA
Carlos Alcaraz, Naomi Osaka Withdraw From Australian Open Adelaide-- The talented 21 year old Briton Jack Draper overpowered the 26 year old Karen Khachanov Thursday 6-4, 7-6(7-3) to reach the semifinals of the Adelaide International.

Ranked 40th the six feet four inches tall Draper showed good movement around the baseline as well as the net as he took an early 6-4, 4-2 lead.

However with Draper serving ahead 5-4 30-40, Khachanov struck a crosscourt forehand volley winner to break serve to level the set at five games all.

The six feet six inches tall powerful baseliner Khachanov, ranked 20th, held serve to

Jack Draper of Great Britain
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Draper posted his best career grand slam result at last year's US Open where he reached the third round.

lead 6-5.

Draper, who turned professional in 2018, recovered from trailing 15-30 in his following service game, striking an ace down the tee to hold serve and reach a tiebreaker at six games all.

Khachanov hit a down the line backhand winner to open the tiebreaker and lead 1-0.

The powerful lefty Draper then struck a crosscourt forehand winner and an ace down the tee, his tenth of the match, to lead 4-2 in the tiebreaker,

Khachanov committed two backhand errors to trail 2-6 and face matchpoint.

Khachanov struck a crosscourt backhand volley winner to reach 6-3.

On his second matchpoint, Draper served and volleyed; hitting a down the line forehand volley winner to close out the match after one hour and forty-five minutes of play.

In Friday's semifinals, Draper will meet the 84th ranked lucky loser Soonwoo Kwon of South Korea.

Draper has not yet played the Australian Open and posted his best career grand slam result at last year's US Open where he reached the third round.

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