Dan Evans in the second round of the 2023 Australian Open, Melbourne
Dan Evans in the second round of the 2023 Australian Open, Melbourne | (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Adelaide 2024 | Evans searches for 2024 resurgence after hamstring injury, faces Hijikata

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Dan Evans v Rinky Hijikata [WC]
  • H2H: First Meeting
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – Dan Evans searches for a resurgent 2024 season as he begins the new year in Adelaide against Australian wildcard Rinky Hijikata.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans v Rinky Hijikata [WC] H2H: First Meeting   
ATP Adelaide 2024 Adelaide, Australia    
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Dan Evans is aiming for a resurgent 2024 season as the Brit takes on Australian doubles champion Rinky Hijikata in his opening round match in Adelaide.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2023)

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H2H: Dan Evans (WR 38) Rinky Hijikata (WR 71)  
Tournament Previous Best Quarter-Final (2020) R1 (2023)
1st Serve % 59 58.5
Service Games Won % 78.2 76.2
Break Points Saved % 62.2 60
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 48.7 49.6
Break Points Converted % 37.3 35.2

Evans improved his efficiency towards the end of last season on both serve and return with the British number two looking to continue that form in 2024.

 

Playing styles and prediction

Hijikata has achieved consistent results on the Challenger circuit as well as being able to raise his game at the Grand Slam events. The Australian has benefited from his Australian Open doubles title last year alongside Jason Kubler and now Hijikata is looking to continue his upwards trajectory as he aims for a place in the world’s top 50.

Evans will look to remain efficient on both serve and return as he looks to take the ball early on return in order to force errors from Hijikata from the baseline. Meanwhile the Australian will look to make charges to the net as he looks to remain consistent on serve while remaining patient and wait for the opportunities on return. This should be a testing opening match of the season for Evans but one that he should win given his quality.

Prediction: Evans in three sets.

 

 

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