Dan Evans turns up in Paris, but gets exhausted while Fernando Verdasco comes through in four sets to get through to the second round at Roland Garros
- Dan Evans presented a number of excellent tennis matches in his first round on Tuesday
- Evans eventually lost to the Spanish clay court ace Fernando Verdasco
- The 29-year-old went out after the 23rd seed was a tough test
Then Evans lit up Roland Garros with dozens of artistic exchanges but was eventually overwhelmed by the Spanish clay driver Fernando Verdasco.
The 29-year-old Midlander left the first round after he had offered strong resistance to the 23rd seed during the elimination of 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 in three hours and 25 minutes.
In two first high-quality sets that could go either way, he encouraged thoughts of what would have been a significant upset before he was overwhelmed by the relentless beating of the Madrid left-handedness.
Dan Evans delivered an excellent fight against Fernando Verdasco before losing on Tuesday
Evans sometimes lit up Roland Garros on Tuesday, but Verdasco eventually had enough to win
Verdasco is the 23rd seed at Roland Garros and is an experienced competitor on clay
The Evans level only dropped towards the end of the third set and the contrast between styles pleased a packed Court number seven.
He was treated on his thigh in the fourth set before he succumbed to defeat after what was a generally encouraging campaign on clay, which is comfortably his least favorite surface.
The advantage is that he has to enter the lawn season in his best physical condition, and his hand skills are much more suitable for that terrain.
He now plays doubles with Cam Norrie, leaving only the respective GB number one in the singles draws, Jo Konta and Kyle Edmund.
Evans lost in four sets after setting the tie on one set after winning a second set of tie-break
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