And welcome to live coverage of the US Open third round match between Britain’s Jack Draper and the 26-year-old Russian Karen Khachanov, who has never got past the third round at Flushing Meadows but has made slam quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year and Roland-Garros three years ago.
The left-handed Draper, who is 20 and will bteak into the top 50 of the world rankings at the end of the tournament, has had a stellar season so far, winning four Challenger events, beat Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Canadian Open and Dominic Thiem at Winston-Salem. The two have never met before and Draper, whose height is such a weapon, concedes two inches to the 6ft 6in Khachanov.
Draper says he has taken inspiration from the example of his compatriots and confidence from hitting with them.
“I think I’ve known my tennis ability has been good for a long time now,” Draper said.
“I’ve obviously had the privilege to hit with Andy [Murray], Cam [Norrie] and Dan [Evans] at the NTC. They’re top players in their own right. I know I could hold my own a while back with them.
“It’s more been about how am I going to cope mentally and physically at this level and do it consistently. That’s what top-tier tennis is all about, being able to be there every single point, compete with these guys.”
“All the hard work that I’ve put in the last few years is for these moments,” Draper said after his second-round victory over Félix Auger-Aliassime .
“Obviously it means a lot to me, but all the people around me that support me on a daily basis, that go through the highs and lows with me. This is a great moment.
“I’m proud of the way my body held up as well. I felt mentally, physically, in a good place. Not so easy against someone as physical as Felix. A lot of emotions. I’m obviously happy with myself.”