Dan Evans starts possible Roger Federer-clash with the victory of the first round of the Australian Open

Dan Evans starts possible Roger Federer-clash with the victory of the first round of the Australian Open

  • Dan Evans beat Tatsuma Ito of Japan in the first round with 7-5, 6-1, 7-6
  • The 28-year-old win puts a probable second round clash with Roger Federer
  • The return of Evans creates more momentum after returning from a cocaine ban

Mike Dickson for MailOnline

Dan Evans set a potential second round against the defending champion Roger Federer when he fought during a steaming hot afternoon to drive round two of the Australian Open.

The 28-year-old Midlander defeated fellow-qualifier Tatsuma Ito from Japan 7-5 6-1 7-6 and won his fourth consecutive game.

He waited for the winner of the opening night match between Denis Istomin of the big Swiss and Uzbekistan, which is not entirely a foregone conclusion, but an expected victory for the Swiss.

Dan Evans set a potential second round against the defending champion Roger Federer

Dan Evans set a potential second round against the defending champion Roger Federer

The Brit Evans beat fellow-qualifier Tatsuma Ito of Japan 7-5, 6-1, 7-6 in Melbourne

The Brit Evans beat fellow-qualifier Tatsuma Ito of Japan 7-5, 6-1, 7-6 in Melbourne

The Brit Evans beat fellow-qualifier Tatsuma Ito of Japan 7-5, 6-1, 7-6 in Melbourne

Evans played Federer before, in the third round of Wimbledon 2016, when he won eight games, but he would meet at least after the preliminary rounds of last week in the second round.

His first set against Ito was very tight until the Japanese started to play loose at 5-5, after which he got two treatments for a problem with his left upper leg.

The third set was much closer when the Japanese found their best form, but Evans stuck to a tiebreak.

At 6-5 he missed a front hand of millimeters at match point and he could not get to the rally for the second at 7-6.

Ito found his best form in the third set, but Evans held on to win at the tiebreak

Ito found his best form in the third set, but Evans held on to win at the tiebreak

Ito found his best form in the third set, but Evans held on to win at the tiebreak

On the third at 9-8 he played more aggressively and his opponent advanced widely.

Returning from his cocaine ban at the end of April last year, the Evans return is building a momentum, helped by the fact that in his best form he ever looks under coach David Felgate.

Playing on an outside track with the MCG in the background, it was brutally hot, but that hardly seemed to bother him.

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