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Draper fires warning to Nadal by reaching Adelaide semis

Britain’s Jack Draper fired a warning to Rafael Nadal by storming previous Karen Khachanov and into the Adelaide Worldwide semi-finals on Thursday.

The promising 21-year-old faces defending champion Nadal within the first spherical of the Australian Open subsequent week and confirmed he was in fantastic contact with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Russia’s Khachanov.

It was a measure of revenge for Draper after dropping to his third-seeded opponent final week.

Draper lifted his rating from 262 to 40 in a breakthrough 2022 and his Adelaide semi is his third up to now six months.

“It’ll be amazing to play on court with him, he’s a great champion,” Draper mentioned of 22-time Grand Slam winner Nadal. “I want to play really well, and I want to compete hard and do the best I can.”

Draper added that he believed he might obtain “great things,” however there was “a mountain of work to do”.

Whereas the speak continues to develop round him, the younger Briton is just not permitting it to affect his strategy.

“There’s always going to be a lot of noise. It’s important to keep your head down and just get on with the job because you’re more likely to do it that way,” he mentioned.

Draper will tackle South Korea’s Kwon Quickly-woo for a spot within the remaining after the world quantity 84 dominated Sweden’s Mikael Ymer 6-1, 6-2 in underneath an hour.

Roberto Bautista Agut additionally moved into the ultimate 4 with an easy 6-3, 6-2 win over fellow Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

His reward is a conflict with Thanasi Kokkinakis after the Australian battled previous Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1.

Within the ladies’s draw, Daria Kasatkina claimed her second straight win over a former Grand Slam champion to succeed in the final 4.

Kasatkina defeated two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), a day after sweeping previous former Roland Garros winner Barbora Krejcikova.

“We were both dropping serve early. Once I started to hold, the game changed a bit,” mentioned the world quantity eight.

“Overall, I was really happy with my performance, and I kept my composure in the breaker.”

It arrange a gathering with Spain’s Paula Badosa after the world quantity 11 beat Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-6 (7/5), 7-5.

Russian sixth seed Veronika Kudermetova got here from a set right down to topple American Danielle Collins 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 and can subsequent face both Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic or French world quantity 4 Caroline Garcia.

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