Cameron Norrie beats Aslan Karatsev to set up all-English quarter-final against Jack Draper at Queen’s-Sports News , Firstpost

Norrie ousted fifth-seed Aslan Karatsev 7-5, 6-2 with the Russian unsettled after falling heavily early in the second set

Cameron Norrie of Britain returns to Aslan Karatsev of Russia during their singles tennis match at the Queen’s Club tournament in London, Wednesday, June 16, 2021.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

London: Cameron Norrie will face fellow British player Jack Draper in the quarter-finals at Queen’s after both won their second-round matches on Wednesday.

Norrie ousted fifth-seed Aslan Karatsev 7-5, 6-2 with the Russian unsettled after falling heavily early in the second set.

Teenager Draper, ranked 309th in the world, has rewarded the organisers for giving him a wildcard entry.

He backed up his first-ever win on the ATP Tour — beating third seed Jannik Sinner on Monday — with a 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/0) victory over out-of-sorts world number 39 Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan.

Fellow Britons Dan Evans and Andy Murray could make it a quartet in the last eight if they win their matches on Thursday.

It is the first time since 2005 — the year Murray made his debut at Queen’s — that Britain has had four players in the second round.

Norrie and Draper also gave the 2,500 spectators — permitted under coronavirus protocols — a perfect day in the warm London sunshine.

“This is a step up from my first-round match (a three-set win over Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas),” said Norrie.

“He (Karatsev) was not easy and was coming back quickly at me.”

Draper looked down and out in the first tie-breaker but Bublik fluffed two successive serves at 5-4 up and the 19-year-old sealed the set with a rasping backhand down the line.

Bublik resorted to an underarm serve at break point down in the second set, which Draper seized to lead 3-2.

However, the Kazak player broke back when Draper served for the match and forced a tie-break, which the Briton swept 7-0.

“I made a couple of rash decisions serving for the match at 6-5 and you cannot do that at this level,” he said.

“It is great to have a couple of thousand people watching me as on the Futures Tour it is one man and his dog.”

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