Preview: Dan Evans v Jeremy Chardy | Chardy leads H2H 3-1
Jeremy Chardy will take on Dan Evans on the Brit’s return to action in Doha. Evans will be looking to continue his strong start to the season, which he began with a five-match winning streak en-route to his first ever tour title at the Murray River Open.
Evans defeated Chardy during that Murray River Open title run – a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Frenchman. Although that contest remains their only ATP Tour match to date, they have met on three separate occasions including the Davis Cup, Shanghai qualifying and the Surbiton Challenger – dating back to 2018.
Chardy was victorious in all three, dropping just one set out of the nine they contested. Evans will be firmly focused on the latest two, however.
The Frenchman displays quite unorthodox technique on his forehand swing, although it is the most lethal weapon in his arsenal. The 34-year-old loves to wind up and tee off on this particular wing, spraying winners at ease. Chardy is also equipped with a reliable backhand and nimble movement, which makes defending no problem for him.
Chardy possesses a big serve too, allowing him to gain many cheap points throughout an match. The World No. 64 has already played 15 matches this year – finding himself on the winning side of the scorecard eleven times. In his last tournament he came through qualifying to reach the quarterfinals in Rotterdam, before losing to Andrey Rublev in three sets.
Evans will need to deploy his vast skillset to get himself through this one. The Brit should look to never play the same ball twice and frustrate the Frenchman with a combination of low-bouncing slices and flat forehand strikes. This pattern of play reaped a whole host of rewards during their last match in January.
Chardy is no stranger to big results on hard courts, with ten top ten victories on the surface. However, Evans carries on improving at an incredibly alarming rate – making himself so difficult to beat nowadays. The Brit should have too much in the locker for the 34-year-old and set up a second round meeting with the returning Roger Federer.
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