Dan Evans in the first round of Roland Garros 2023, Paris, France
Dan Evans in the first round of Roland Garros 2023, Paris, France | Photo by Frey/TPN/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Queen’s Club 2023 | Evans aiming for grass court improvement against Korda

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Dan Evans v Sebastian Korda
  • H2H: Korda leads 1-0
LONDON, ENGLAND – Dan Evans is aiming for an improvement in his grass court form after an early exit at Surbiton and first up for Evans at Queen’s Club is Sebastian Korda.


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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans v Sebastian Korda H2H: Korda leads 1-0
Queen’s Club 2023 London, England
Grass (O) Prize Money: €17,120
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After an early exit to Gabriel Diallo at Surbiton, Dan Evans is looking to rediscover his grass court game at Queen’s Club and first up is Sebastian Korda who he lost to at Wimbledon a couple of years ago.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2023)

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H2H: Dan Evans (WR 28) Sebastian Korda (WR 31)
Tournament Previous Best QF (2021) N/A
1st Serve % 61.8 61
Service Games Won % 75.7 80.5
Break Points Saved % 62.7 66.7
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 50.4 54.5
Break Points Converted % 36.2 44.7

Evans will need to serve well against a player who has a big serve but is also very efficient on break points this season.



Playing styles and prediction

After an incredible start to the season, which included reaching the Adelaide final and reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals, Korda has struggled with fitness which had meant he has only played three events since January. The American will be hoping he can find more consistency with his wrist injury on the grass as he won’t need to use as much power and on a surface where he has done well in the past.

Evans need to be aggressive on return as well as using the backhand to create space on the court, testing Korda’s use of the wrist from defensive positions. Meanwhile Korda will look to dictate the tempo of the rallies with his serve and forehand as well as moving into the net to finish points off quickly. This is a tough match for Evans and his lack of confidence will be severely tested against an opponent that has beaten him on this surface before. However a win here could be the turning point for better things to come this season.

Prediction: Korda in three sets.



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