Dan Evans failed to replicate his stellar Monte Carlo form as he was dispatched by Corentin Moutet in three sets. The Frenchman secured his second victory in two meetings against the British No. 1.
Going into the encounter, Moutet held a mightily impressive 6-2 record in main draw matches this season and you could see exactly why early on. The 22-year-old lefty done a terrific job of pinning Evans in his backhand corner and therefore making him powerless. Moutet held firm to secure the opening set 6-4.
The second set saw the match turn into a dog fight as both players refused to give their opponent anything. The Frenchman came so close to closing the match out in straight sets, leading 5-3 before Evans fought back to win the set 7-5.
The mental effort required to level the match clearly seemed to take its toll on the Brit as his level faded in the decider. Moutet continued to stay loose and outclass Evans as he booked his place in the last sixteen, where he will face Diego Schwartzman.
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