Evans makes three in the second round
Britain’s number one Dan Evans, eighth seed at the San Diego Open, joined compatriots Andy Murray and Cameron Norrie in the second round after beating South African Kevin Anderson in tight sets.
A little lucky to be there! Dan Evans
The luck of the draw, however, pitted Evans, 22nd in the world, against British number two Norrie, ranked six places below him in the next round.
It will be an interesting competition between two friendly rivals as Norrie continues to challenge her compatriot for the national top spot.
Evans won’t concede as easily as he showed against Anderson, the Springbok who twice reached the Grand Slam final and are renowned for his powerful serve, overtaking the South African by more than two hours and 18 minutes 7-6 (11) 7-5.
The former US Open (2017) and Wimbledon (2018) finalist produced 13 aces to 5 for Evan as the pair tried to outsmart each other on the pitch but failed to take advantage when the opportunities presented themselves.
And stats show there was very little between them, with Anderson winning 88% of his first serve points compared to Evans’ 80%, who then had the advantage over second serve points – 62 % to 56%.
However, it was Evans who made the break by converting one of the two break points he had against Anderson’s soaring serve in the second set, while still managing to save all four break points against. his.
That break was enough to prepare him for the victory he won a match later, on his fourth set point, leading Evans to comment after his win: “Kinda lucky to get through that one!”
He was quickly pointed out that he would be facing Norrie next door, to which he replied, “I know him pretty well; he knows me, ”having faced him once on the ATP Tour, losing in the first round of this year’s Australian Open. They also met earlier in their careers, at the 2016 Aptos Challenger final in California, when Evans won in straight sets.
In the other opening round, fifth-seeded Pole Hubert Hurkacz, winner of the singles and doubles titles last week in Metz, beat Australian qualifier Alex Bolt 7-6 (2) 6-1 and will face the Russian Aslan Karatsev for a place in the quarterfinals.
Two second-round matches were also played with number one seeded Russian Andrey Rublev dominating American wildcard entry Brandon Nakashima 6-2 6-1, and Diego Schwartzman – Argentina’s sixth seed. he will then face – recovering well. eliminated South African Lloyd Harris 4-6 6-3 6-2.
Rublev, the world number five, used his big forehand to gain control of the points from the baseline, as he explained later.
“From the start I thought I had to be the one who was going to dominate. I have to try to take my forehand and try to dictate, ”said the 23-year-old from Moscow, a quadruple quarter-finalist in the Grand Slam.