Draper fills Murray void with late-night Wimbledon win

Jack Draper clenches his fist in celebration at Wimbledon
Jack Draper is aiming to go beyond the Wimbledon second round for the first time in his career [Getty Images]

Jack Draper marked his first Wimbledon match as British men's number one by evoking memories of Andy Murray with a five-set success under the Centre Court lights.

Draper, seeded 28th, started tentatively against Swedish qualifier Elias Ymer - and lost his way in the fourth set - before coming through to win 3-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-3.

The 22-year-old replaced Murray in the evening slot on the iconic show court, with the former world number one having withdrawn through injury earlier on Tuesday.

Draper, making his return to Wimbledon after being injured himself last year, provided a timely pick-me-up for the home fans disappointed by Murray's misfortune.

In round two, he will face Cameron Norrie - the player he deposed as Britain's leading man last month.

Norrie, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2022, sealed a 7-5 7-5 6-3 win over Argentina's Facundo Diaz Acosta shortly before Draper's victory.

The pair were among 11 Britons playing on the second day of the 2024 Championships.

British number 13 Jacob Fearnley was the other notable home winner as he set up a second-round encounter with seven-time champion Novak Djokovic.

The 22-year-old from Scotland, playing in his first Grand Slam match, battled to 6-4 7-6 (14-12) victory over Spanish qualifier Alejandro Moro Canas.

But there were defeats for last year's boys' champion Henry Searle, Billy Harris, Paul Jubb and Jan Choinski.

More to follow.