Murray: Hard-working Draper can go right to the top of tennis

Jack Draper has officially taken over as British No 1, but Andy Murray has tipped his compatriot for much bigger honours.

Draper’s run to the Stuttgart Open final guaranteed he would move above Cameron Norrie in the ATP rankings when they were updated on Monday.

The 22-year-old toasted his milestone in style on Sunday after he defeated Matteo Berrettini in three sets to clinch a maiden ATP Tour title and close friend Murray expects more accolades to follow.

“Amazing for him to win his first tournament and for his whole team. Obviously I’m delighted for him,” Murray, speaking from Queen’s Club, reflected.

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Highlights of Draper’s maiden ATP Tour title win against Matteo Berrettini in the Stuttgart Open final

“This year has been a tricky year for him and it could have looked a whole lot different as well, a lot more positive than it has been because he’s lost a number of extremely close matches.

“You change a couple of those results and all of a sudden he’s up easily in the top 20 in the world. In my eyes, he’s definitely playing good enough to be right up there.

“I have had very little impact on Jack’s career. His team, his coaches and everyone that works with him on a day-to-day basis are the ones that have helped him do that. Also his own hard work.

“He genuinely loves the sport. He is really into it, he works really hard and I think grass is a brilliant surface for him. I think he’ll do really well over the years on the surface.

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After claiming his first ATP title at the Stuttgart Open, Draper highlighted how much his victory meant to to him

“It’s always special to win your first title and everyone is different in terms of things that motivate them.

“Jack, I think, has bigger goals to aspire to than being British No 1. In my opinion, he can get right up to the top of the game, right to the top of the world rankings.”

Norrie, who has lost the tag of British No 1 after a poor clay-court campaign and an early exit at Nottingham last week, was full of praise for his practice partner.

“I am excited for him. I’m good friends with him, I practice with him all the time,” Norrie said.

“The last five, six years we’ve been pushing each other and obviously he’s doing something well. He is playing great.

“Yeah, I am pumped for Jack.”

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A look back at the story of Draper’s sensational victory at the Stuttgart Open

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