Dan Evans is into the last eight in Stockholm after a very impressive victory over top 50 player Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. It was a fairly slow start from Evans though as he went down an early break as the Spaniard produced an aggressive start and a high tempo to the match, taking a 3-2 lead.
However Evans responded well, converting his first break point to level the set at 4-4 producing some clean point construction. In the tense moments of the set, Evans produced some bold patterns of play to deny Davidovich Fokina the chance to serve for the set as he held for 6-5. The Brit had a set point saved in the eleventh game as the opening set went to a tiebreak but it was Evans who was always one step ahead as he took the tiebreak 7-5.
From there the World number 26 went from strength to strength as he dominated the rallies to take a double break lead for 4-0. Davidovich Fokina had the chance to recover one of the breaks but couldn’t convert as Evans eventually sealed victory to book his place in the last eight in Sweden.
Dan Evans  v Frances Tiafoe  H2H & Match Fundamentals
Tiafoe has had a really consistent end to the season and most recently managed to put it together by reaching the final in Vienna by beating Diego Schwartzman, Sinner and Tsitsipas. The American’s deadly serve and forehand has allowed for more effective point construction as the American eyes an Australian Open seeding place.
Evans’ slice will be effective in this type of match but it’s just about how often he is able to implement his style on a powerful Tiafoe. Therefore the Brit will also need to be patient and at times commit to a more aggressive style of play. This match will see lots of entertaining rallies with this match being too close to call.
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