Maxime Cressy vs Jack Draper
June 24, 2022 10:00 am EDT
Maxime Cressy will meet Jack Draper in the Semi-Finals of the 2022 Eastbourne International. The match will be played on Friday June 24th, 2022.
A very surprising Semi-Final awaits us at the Eastbourne International. The unseeded duo of American Maxime Cressy and local player Jack Draper will meet for a chance to make their first ever ATP Final. Both men were not expected to make it this far but have excelled, fully deserving their spot. Who will get the upper hand and move on to the Final?
Maxime Cressy is currently ranked #60, and has been playing some exceptional tennis this week. After some strong results to start the year his form has tailed off spectacularly, so it is good to see him go on a winning streak. The huge serving American employs a serve and volley style, which is very unique these days, but it is extremely effective on grass. He claimed the biggest win of his career when he defeated top seeded Cameron Norrie 7-5, 7-5, saving all but one break point which came early in the first set and never looked back. In this type of form when his serve is clicking he can be nearly impossible to break, and his opponent Jack Draper will have his hands full here.
Jack Draper has been performing extremely well over the past weeks on the grass, and this is a surface that he seems very comfortable on. The Brit has claimed some big name scalps like Jannik Sinner and Diego Schwartzman recently, and will be breaking back into the top 100 after this week, with a career-best ranking. He is yet to drop a set this week here at the Eastbourne International, playing almost flawless tennis in his path to his first ATP Semi-Final. Draper cruised past his in-form countryman Ryan Peniston 6-3, 6-3 in the Quarter-Finals, serving extremely well and controlling the match with his big forehand. Based on their rankings he is the underdog here against Maxime Cressy, but they are both new to this stage and Draper is at home, so don’t count him out.
This is a tough match to predict, and it certainly is not one that anyone would have expected to be a Semi-Final here in Eastbourne. It really can go either way, but I am leaning with Cressy here. He has been exceptional this week, and his serve and volley style can be very unsettling and almost unplayable when it is working this well. Draper will have his home fans behind him and is a very capable player on this surface, so I wouldn’t be shocked it he stole a set and even the match, but the most likely outcome here is a very close win for Maxime Cressy. Expect at least one tiebreaker along the way.