Queen’s Club: Cameron Norrie bows out as Jack Draper triumphs at cinch Championships | Tennis News

British No 1 Cameron Norrie loses 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 6-4 to Grigor Dimitrov in the first round of the cinch Championships at Queen’s Club; British youngster Jack Draper defeats American world No 14 Taylor Fritz 6-3 6-2 to reach second round

Last Updated: 6/13/22 6:02pm

Cameron Norrie took the first set against Grigor Dimitrov but the Bulgarian fought back to win

Cameron Norrie took the first set against Grigor Dimitrov but the Bulgarian fought back to win

British No 1 Cameron Norrie fell at the first hurdle in the cinch Championships as he lost in three sets to Grigor Dimitrov at Queen’s Club.

World No 11 Norrie, seeded third, came to Queen’s on the back of a fine clay-court season and hoping to go one better than last year when he lost in the final to Matteo Berrettini.

But despite taking a tight first set after the tie-break, Norrie was immediately pegged back by experienced Bulgarian Dimitrov, the 2014 champion.

Norrie had break points in the deciding set but failed to capitalize and it was former world No 3 Dimitrov who took his chances to wrap up a 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 6-4 victory.

Dimitrov beat Feliciano Lopez in the 2014 final

Dimitrov beat Feliciano Lopez in the 2014 final

Draper: I don’t fear anyone

british youngster Jack Draper had earlier scored the biggest win of his career by beating world No 14 Taylor Fritz.

The 20-year-old, back at the scene of his first ATP Tour win, against Jannik Sinner last year, surged past American Fritz 6-3 6-2 to reach the second round.

After a hugely impressive display of powerful hitting, Draper sealed his first win over a top-20 player with a second-serve ace.

Jack Draper is through to the second round of the cinch Championships

Jack Draper is through to the second round of the cinch Championships

Draper, now one of four British men inside the world’s top 100, said: “We’re in a really good place now.

“I think it is always something that just goes through my head when I play against anyone – they have two arms, two legs, they are normal human beings so they feel the nerves, they feel the pressure.

“I think at this stage I’m a bit of an underdog going in as well, so I feel like I should have no fear and I should go out and play to win.

“I am not overawed by any person I’m playing against, I try to do my best and see how it goes.”

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