Dan Evans in the first round of the 2021 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha
Dan Evans in the first round of the 2021 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha | (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Los Cabos 2024 | Evans aiming to kickstart season against Safiullin

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Dan Evans v Roman Safiullin [5]
  • H2H: Safiullin leads 1-0
LOS CABOS, MEXICO – Dan Evans is aiming to kickstart his season in Los Cabos as he takes on fifth seed Roman Safiullin in his opening round match.


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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans v Roman Safiullin [5] H2H: Safiullin leads 1-0   
ATP Los Cabos 2024 Los Cabos, Mexico  
Hard (O) Prize Money: $9,815
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After another defeat in Delray Beach, Dan Evans is looking to kickstart his season as he takes on Roman Safiullin in his Los Cabos opener.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2024)

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H2H: Dan Evans (WR 44) Roman Safiullin (WR 39)
Tournament Previous Best N/A N/A
1st Serve % 57.9 61.5
Service Games Won % 83.7 88.5
Break Points Saved % 63.2 57.1
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 53.2 43.3
Break Points Converted % 18.5 28.6

Evans’ chances of winning this match will depend on how consistently aggressive and intelligent he can be on return as Safiullin has been feeling confident on serve this season.



Playing styles and prediction

Despite a good start to the season, it’s now three consecutive defeats for Safiullin with two of those being to Holger Rune. Now the 26 year-old will aim to bounce back as he continues his search for a Grand Slam seeding with his big game causing lots of trouble on the tour last season.

Evans will use his slice to mix up the tempo of the rallies as he looks to be aggressive on return especially on the backhand. Meanwhile Safiullin will aim to have a high first serve percentage as he will look to use his forehand to take time away from Evans. The Brit will hope to build some confidence as he continues to struggle since his injury at the end of last year. However Safiullin’s big game suggests that this will be a tough match for the Brit to win.

Prediction: Safiullin in three sets.  



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