Dan Evans in the 2022 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, USA
Dan Evans in the 2022 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, USA ¦ (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Rome 2022 | Evans looks to build on winning feeling in Madrid against Basilashvili

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Dan Evans v Nikoloz Basilashvili
  • H2H: Evans leads 1-0
ROME, ITALY – Dan Evans looks to build on his two match wins in Madrid as he takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili in his Rome opener.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans v Nikoloz Basilashvili H2H: Evans leads 1-0
ATP Rome Rome, Italy
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Dan Evans will look to build on winning back-to-back matches in Madrid as he takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili in his opening match in Rome.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022 – Clay)

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H2H: Dan Evans (WR 36) Nikoloz Basilashvili (WR 27)
Tournament Previous Best R1 (2017, 2019, 2020, 2021) R3 (2019)
1st Serve % 68.1 61.7
Service Games Won % 74.7 62.7
Break Points Saved % 66.2 40.5
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 52 45.8
Break Points Converted % 51.4 41.2

Evans has shown a more consistent level throughout this clay court season and that shows in the stats.

 

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Playing styles and prediction

Basilashvili has struggled for form this season with the Georgian only winning five matches in 2022 and three of those wins coming in Doha. Now with Roland Garros approaching Basilashvili will be determined to bring some consistency to his brutal power and gain some much-needed wins.

Evans will look to put pressure on Basilashvili early and use the slice to test the Georgian’s ability to place power accurately. Evans will look to use his confidence to be aggressive and will know that his statistics are marginally better in all areas. Although this should be a tight match, conditions will favour the Brit and he should edge into the second round here.

Prediction: Evans in three sets.

 

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