Dan Evans progresses into US Open second round after British no 2 edged four-set contest with Frenchman Adrian Mannarino
- Dan Evans became the first Brit through in the men’s singles draw
- The British number two edged past Adrian Mannarino in a three-hour clash
- Evans had reached the third round on his last visit to Flushing Meadows
Dan Evans became the first Brit through in the men’s singles draw after a four-set win over Adrian Mannarino of France.
The British number two, who reached the third round on his last visit to Flushing Meadows three years ago, triumphed 6-4 6-3 2-6 6-3 in a shade over three hours.
Evans had breezed through the first two sets against his opponent, only to then surrender the third after errors began to creep through into his serve – leaving Mannarino free to break him twice.
Britain’s Dan Evans progressed to the US Open second round after beating Adrian Mannarino
But the Briton soon recovered to take the set, and admitted he hadn’t felt comfortable throughout the contest.
‘I was frustrated, I didn’t like how I was hitting the ball or serving. I was pretty angry, I wasn’t great out there.’ Evans explained in a courtside interview.
The 29-year-old will be aiming to build momentum from a productive grass-court season, which had resulted in a Wimbledon third round spot and consecutive Challenger titles.
Evans, the British no 2, will be aiming to at least match his third round finish three years ago