Ice cold Dan Evans battles Covid fatigue to reach round with victory over Thiago Monteiro

Ice cool Dan Evans battles Covid fatigue to reach round two of US Open with four-set victory over Thiago Monteiro

  • Dan Evans defeated Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in the US Open on Monday night
  • The British number 1 lost a set but won the first round 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 6-1
  • He overcame some energy problems after his recent coronavirus attack

Dan Evans answered his own questions Monday night about whether a recent Covid attack would have seriously undermined him ahead of the US Open.

When his energy plummeted in the second set of his first round against Brazilian Thiago Monteiro, it seemed his worst fears were confirmed.

But in the sweltering heat, the British No. 1 managed to rally and eventually walked away with a 6-3 6-7 6-4 6-1 victory, aided by self-applied ice treatment at the switchovers.

Dan Evans advanced to the second round of the US Open with victory over Thiago Monteiro

Evans had to wait for the winner of last night’s match between American Marcus Giron and Frenchman Antoine Hoang. By making it to the second round, he maintained his record of winning at least one game in his five main tournaments of the US Open, the Grand Slam where he was the most consistent throughout his career.

Evans is frustrated with his overall record with the Majors, relatively modest compared to some of the success he’s had on the wider tour during his second coming.

His form since missing the Olympics due to the virus was gone, and lefthanders like Monteiro aren’t always his favorite opponents.

The British number 1 lost a set but won the first round 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 6-1

The British number 1 lost a set but won the first round 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 6-1

But the 31-year-old Midlander used his full repertoire of skills to disrupt his opponent’s base game, and he was especially impressive with his agile volleys.

Mindful of wanting to keep the points as short as possible, he kept shooting in and won a total of 50 points on the net.

The key point in the game came on his second set point in the third. Monteiro was fouled a second time that denied him a first serve, and Evans took full advantage. That allowed him to get off the track after a grueling three hours and 34 minutes.

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