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 Barcelona 2023 | Evans looks for confidence boost against Arnaldi in Barcelona opener

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Dan Evans [12] v Matteo Arnaldi [Q]
  • H2H: First Meeting
BARCELONA, SPAIN – Dan Evans is looking for a clay court confidence boost in Barcelona where he takes on Italian qualifier Matteo Arnaldi in his opening match.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans [12] v Matteo Arnaldi [Q] H2H: First Meeting
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Dan Evans is looking to get some confidence back in Barcelona as he takes on Italian qualifier Matteo Arnaldi in his opening match.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2023)

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H2H: Dan Evans (WR 26) Matteo Arnaldi (WR 105)
Tournament Previous Best R3 (2017) N/A
1st Serve % 62.4 62.6
Service Games Won % 76.5 71.2
Break Points Saved % 59.5 62.4
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 51.9 49.2
Break Points Converted % 36.5 34.5

Evans has been the more clinical on break points but will look to improve his serving consistency in this match.

 

 

Playing styles and prediction

Arnaldi has had a great season which includes a clay court challenger title a few weeks ago in Marbella. The Italian will now look to take his challenger form onto the main tour as he looks for a place inside the world’s top 100.

Evans will look to be clinical on break points while Arnaldi will look to make the Brit work for every point by grinding out the points and finding the space on court to hit effective winners into. This will be a battle between who can be more consistent in the pressure points which at the moment should be Evans but this will be a tough opening match for the 12th seed.

Prediction: Evans in three sets.

 

 

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