Dan Evans in the semi-final of the 2023 Citi Open, Washington DC, USA
Dan Evans in the semi-final of the 2023 Citi Open, Washington DC, USA | (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Acapulco 2024 | Evans searches for stability and consistency against Shelton

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Dan Evans v Ben Shelton
  • H2H: First Meeting
ACAPULCO, MEXICO – Dan Evans is searching for stability and consistency as he continues his tour of Mexico against Ben Shelton in Acapulco.


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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans v Ben Shelton H2H: First Meeting    
ATP Acapulco 2024 Acapulco, Mexico     
Hard (O) Prize Money: $17,210
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After winning a match in Los Cabos, Dan Evans searches for some consistency in Acapulco when he takes on Ben Shelton in his opening round match.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2024)

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H2H: Dan Evans (WR 41) Ben Shelton (WR 17)
Tournament Previous Best N/A R1 (2023)
1st Serve % 55.2 67.6
Service Games Won % 75.7 87.2
Break Points Saved % 58.5 73.3
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 51.4 48.8
Break Points Converted % 26.8 39.1

Evans will be keen to improve his efficiency on return against a powerful and effective server like Shelton.



Playing styles and prediction

Shelton has achieved back-to-back wins in his last three tournaments but the American knows he can to do better as he continues to build momentum after reaching the US Open semi-finals. The 21 year-old will be hoping for a strong tournament in Acapulco as he looks for confidence heading into Indian Wells and Miami.

Evans will aim to disrupt Shelton’s rhythm with a mixture of pace, depth and slice as he looks to find open space in the court in order to hit winners. Meanwhile Shelton will dictate play with his serve as he will look to use his forehand to rip through Evans’ inconsistent defence. This will be a tough test for Evans and a quick start to the match is needed for Evans to win this match.

Prediction: Shelton in three sets.   



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