Dan Evans in the first round of the Australian Open 2020, Melbourne
Dan Evans in the first round of the Australian Open 2020, Melbourne | (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Rome | Evans kicks off British action in Rome against Taylor Fritz

  • Dan Evans v Taylor Fritz
  • H2H: Fritz leads 1-0 (Challenger Level)
ROME, ITALY – Dan Evans looks to continue his improved form on clay as he takes on the No. 1 American Taylor Fritz in the opening round.


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Dan Evans v Taylor Fritz H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans v Taylor Fritz H2H: Fritz leads 1-0 (Challenger level)
ATP Rome Rome, Italy
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While Dan Evans is enjoying his first real successes on this surface, the clay court is not necessarily Taylor Fritz’s best friend this season. With just one back to back win, and three straight losses, the momentum looks to be firmly with the Brit.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Clay)

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H2H: Dan Evans (WR 26) Taylor Fritz (30)
Tournament Previous Best R1 (2017, 2019-20) R2 (2019)
1st Serve % 65.2 55,2
Service Games Won % 79.8 71
Break Points Saved % 69.9 50
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 49.8 48.4
Break Points Converted % 46.2 40.5


Evans has been steady with his progress of wins on clay with a high of reaching the semi-final in Monte Carlo, but has also had a lot of gruelling battles especially in Madrid. However, in the more claggy environment of Rome, it could be even more of a fight on his hands.


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Playing Styles and Prediction

Fritz has a forceful serve and is solid off both wings, and can create some sharp angles across court, which should test the versatility of Evans. But a large part of his success has been putting his repertoire of shots together with the movement and timing needed on clay.

Evans should expect this to be tight as Fritz will prefer to get cheap points on his serve, bit Evans in general has been more consistent over the clay court swing, and it should stand him in good stead in his opener.

Prediction: Evans in straight sets.



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