British No. 1 Dan Evans equals his best performance at the US Open by scrapping a win over American Marcos Giron and reaching the third round
- Dan Evans is through to the third round of the US Open for the fourth time
- He had little confidence, returned from Covid and missed his girlfriend
- Evans is now up against Alex Popyrin, whom he defeated at Queen’s Club this summer
Low on confidence, on his way back from Covid and missing his girlfriend, Dan Evans wasn’t sure if this would be his week.
But now the British number one is through to the third round of the US Open for the fourth time, after nullifying a 6-4, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 victory over American Marcos Giron on Wednesday night.
Evans was somewhat emotional in his post-match interview, having won the fourth set by death after an unforeseen outburst of mistakes from his opponent.
British No. 1 Dan Evans is through to the third round of the US Open for the fourth time
The inability to go deep into a Grand Slam over the past two years has gnawed at him, and a new chance to rectify that is coming. He will take on Australian Alex Popyrin, whom he defeated this summer in the more favorable conditions on the lawns of Queen’s Club.
“I had a hard time after Covid, I had no confidence,” Evans told Amazon Prime, after emailing his partner Aleah in England. “I did a great job of persevering and practicing every day, if I do say so myself, so winning meant a lot. I thought it was a good match at a level, the third round of a Grand Slam is exciting.’
As in his opening match, Evans’ energy and concentration levels surged, a possible legacy of the virus not long after Wimbledon.
His results have been modest since then, but by world No. 73, he has a good chance of making it to the second week at a Major. The only time he did that before was at the 2017 Australian Open, not long before he was banned from the tour for a year.
Evans has little confidence, on his way back from Covid and misses his girlfriend
It started to look like hard work towards the end of the fourth and he had already requested a visit from the trainer after shaking his foot in the field.
Giron, a quick baseliner, looked increasingly confident, but when Evans just held on to 4-3, the American played a terrible game to give him a break. Seed number 27 then evoked enough composure to serve it out.
With Evans from the Midlands and Giron from California, the rain that interrupted the game would have been something the British player would be more familiar with.
The start was delayed by an hour and when it started under an ashen sky it seemed only a matter of time before they would be forced off the field.
Evans was the more proactive, always trying to create a chance to rush his opponent and rush into the net where his delicate hands are such an asset.
Evans is now up against Australian Alex Popyrin, whom he defeated at Queen’s Club this summer
He was a good value for the first set, but then withdrew to his shell and trailed 4-1 in the second. By the time they had to leave for nearly an hour, he had broken back for 4-3.
The plan to negate the American pace and bounce by using the slashed backhand was one he was well suited to, and the tiebreaker approached before another brief hiatus in which they stayed on the field.
Evans had lost his previous three tiebreaks and returned to Wimbledon, but this time he made no mistake by taking a 3-0 lead, which he converted to 7-3.
His serve, an impressive shot for a player of relatively small size in the modern game, was in good shape, but as in the previous set, he let it slip early in the third to get behind.
As the temperature rose and the ball bounced higher, Evans had to hang in the fourth set as his opponent became increasingly aggressive. The match seemed destined for a final set when the American suddenly started making mistakes out of nowhere, which were gratefully accepted.