Roger Federer in the fourth round of the 2020 Australian Open, Melbourne
Roger Federer in the fourth round of the 2020 Australian Open, Melbourne | (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Doha 2021 | Evans goes down valiantly to Federer

  • Roger Federer [2] def. Dan Evans 7-6(8), 3-6, 7-5
DOHA, QATAR – British No. 1 Dan Evans pushed Roger Federer to the limit during the pair’s second round encounter.


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Roger Federer [2] def. Dan Evans 7-6(8), 3-6, 7-5

British No. 1 Dan Evans came so close to dispatching the returning Roger Federer in a dramatic affair. Going into the match, the Brit had yet to defeat the 39-year-old in three previous meetings.

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The Swiss superstar was competing for the first time since the 2020 Australian Open but managed to start the match strongly as neither player threatened on return. The first big opportunity of the contest came in the ninth game when Evans carved out a break point – which was saved by Federer with a forehand winner that grazed the line. Fine margins defined the set as the pair headed to an inevitable tiebreak. The Brit held a set point, only for the 20-time Grand Slam champion to save it with a trademark forehand winner. It was the Swiss who drew first blood, capitalising on his third set point to win the eighteen-point breaker and claim the lead.

Evans got off to a superb start in the second stanza, clinching the break to lead 3-1. The 30-year-old managed his game extremely well as he tightened up his errors and became a virtual brick wall for his opponent. The World No. 28 took the game to Federer and forced him to make uncharacteristic errors on numerous occasions. Evans would go on to win his first set in eleven attempts versus the former World no. 1 as he levelled the match.

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Early in the decider it seemed Evans may find a way to come out on top as Federer looked rusty and struggled with his timing. Once again, the Swiss raised his level to keep himself in the match as a tiebreak looked more likely by the point. Federer had a match point in the tenth game, only for the Brit to stand up to the occasion and squeeze through. The World No. 6 created more opportunities to close the match in Evans’ very next service game. It was Federer who coped with the pressure the best, as he broke Evans for the first time in the contest to win the match.

It was a noble effort from the British No. 1, who had been simply outplayed in all previous meetings with Federer. Although he will be bitterly disappointed, there are plenty of positives for Evans to take from his heroic performances this week.


Evans is next scheduled to play Miami, which takes place between 24 March to 4 April.


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