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 Toronto 2023 | Evans gains capital bragging rights in Washington, faces Diallo in Toronto opener

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Dan Evans v Gabriel Diallo [WC]
  • H2H: First Meeting
TORONTO, CANADA – Dan Evans increased his stock in Washington by winning the title and now looks to continue his good form in Canada where he faces talented wildcard Gabriel Diallo in his opening round match.


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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans v Gabriel Diallo [WC] H2H: First Meeting
ATP Toronto 2023 Toronto, Canada
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Dan Evans turned his recent bad form around in Washington as the Brit defeated Tallon Griekspoor to claim his first ATP 500 title of his career in the American capital. Now attention turns to Gabriel Diallo in his Toronto opener as Evans has semi-final ranking points to defend in Canada.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2023)

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H2H: Dan Evans (WR 21) Gabriel Diallo (WR 141)
Tournament Previous Best SF (2022) QR2 (2022)
1st Serve % 60.7 63.9
Service Games Won % 78.8 78.5
Break Points Saved % 63.4 53.3
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 50.5 46.8
Break Points Converted % 36 36.1

Evans significantly improved on serve last week in Washington but Diallo has remained consistent on return as was shown when the Canadian beat Evans at the Surbiton challenger a couple of months ago.



Playing styles and prediction

Diallo has had a breakthrough season on the Challenger tour producing some consistent results and putting himself into the world’s top 150. Now the young Canadian looks to gain experience on the main tour as bigger things await his powerful baseline game in the future.

Evans will be looking to be aggressive on serve as he looks to test Diallo’s effective returning and will look to use his slice to force errors from Diallo. The young Canadian will look to be fearless and aggressive on serve as he has nothing to lose and everything to gain from an incredible experience in front of his home fans. Form and momentum suggests Evans should get the job done although it may not be easy as expected given Diallo’s motivation in front of a home crowd.

Prediction: Evans in three sets.



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