Andy Murray frustrated by rain but Evans claims biggest win of career

By Philip James

Aegon Championships, The Queen’s Club, London; ATP250

In a rain interrupted day at The Queen’s Club, crowds were still treated to another giant killing by Dan Evans while Andy Murray leads in his first match back from injury.

Murray will have to return to tomorrow to finish his rain-interrupted match but his older brother Jamie won his opening doubles bout.

With a day’s rest after beating world number 75 Guido Pella, Evans was first up on court one today to face a man ranked 240 places above him; 13th seed Jarkko Nieminen.

But Birmingham-born Evans showed no signs of being phased and in an opening set dominated by serve, he won the set’s only break point to take the set 6-4.

In the second the Fin and the Brit exchanged a break apiece and a tie-break ensued which Nieminen took 8-6 to level the match.

British hopes looked set to be dashed as world-number-277 Evans was immediately broken at the start of the third set.

But he fought back and broke to level the set with the 13th seed serving to stay in the match at 4-5 when the rain came.

The game was at advantage Nieminen when they stopped but on resumption Evans won three successive points to win the set, the match and a place in round three.

There he will face tournament third seed and world number eight, Juan Martin Del Potro.

Evans has previously shone on the Davis Cup stage, beating the likes of Lukas Lacko, Martin Klizan and most recently, in April, Evgeny Donskoy, but has never been able to replicate the form on tour.

Nieminen’s scalp is the biggest win of Evan’s tour career, but that will be immediately surpassed if he can do the unthinkable and beat Del Potro.

Evans also found out today that he had been named among the wildcards for Wimbledon qualifying, missing out on a wildcard entrant into the main draw as the LTA will not award them to players outside the top 250.

The Queen’s Club Centre Court crowd saw Andy Murray’s return from the back injury which saw him retire at the Rome Masters and miss the French Open.

But they did not get to see as much of him as they would of liked as the match was repeatedly interrupted by rain.

They came off for good as Andy lead 6-3, 2-2 against the man who knocked him out at the same stage last year, Nicolas Mahut.

Older  brother Jamie was able to finish his match, as he and Australian John Peers reached round two of the doubles, beating Grigor Dimitrov and Frederik Nielsen 7-6, 6-3.

Aegon Nottingham Challenge, Nottingham; Challenger Series

David Rice could not repeat yesterday’s upset as he was knocked out in round two of the Aegon Nottingham Challenge  by the eighth seed Go Soeda.

Rice could not push on from winning the first set against his opponent ranked 372 places above him, losing 3-6, 6-1 6-2.