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 Vienna 2022 | Evans thrashes Khachanov to set up Shapovalov quarter-final

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Dan Evans def Karen Khachanov 6-2 6-2
  • Evans v Denis Shapovalov | H2H: Evans leads 2-0
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Dan Evans is into back-to-back quarter-finals after comfortably defeating Karen Khachanov to set up a match with Denis Shapovalov.


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Dan Evans def Karen Khachanov 6-2 6-2

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Dan Evans is into the quarter-finals of an ATP event for the second consecutive week after a dominant victory over Karen Khachanov. The Brit showed his intent from the first point as he dominated on return, making Khachanov cover a lot of the ground with the Russian committing unforced errors in the process. After losing the break in the opening game, Khachanov responded with power and poise as he earned the break back on his first break point opportunity.

Back came Evans though as his mix of slice and power was causing Khachanov problems with the Brit’s attacking play outpowering Khachanov’s strengths. Evans broke in the third game and continued his aggressive play throughout the set as he looked thoroughly in the zone with their being no response on return from Khachanov. The Brit sealed the set with a third break of serve and a hold to 15 as he cruised to the opening set.

The Russian produced a higher level of play to start the second set as he started crushing his returns and constructing more effective patterns of play. However Evans survived the early storm and went on the attack in the next two return games, breaking on both occasions with Khachanov’s defence surrendering to Evans’ attacking play.

After losing his fourth game of the match, Evans then proceeded to complete a wonderful performance with a comfortable hold of serve as he booked his place into the last eight in Vienna.


Dan Evans v Denis Shapovalov  H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans v Denis Shapovalov H2H: Evans leads 2-1
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After losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime in his quarter-final last week in Antwerp, Evans now takes on another Canadian in the last eight this week as he faces Denis Shapovalov in Vienna.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022)

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H2H: Dan Evans (WR 26) Denis Shapovalov (WR 19)
Tournament Previous Best Semi-Final (2020) R1 (2019, 2020)
1st Serve % 61.6 61.4
Service Games Won % 78.1 84.8
Break Points Saved % 57.8 63.3
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 51.2 48.4
Break Points Converted % 43.1 36.8

Evans will look to continue his efficient returning when he takes on the clinical serving of Shapovalov.


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Playing Styles and Prediction

Despite having another inconsistent season, Shapovalov has picked up a little bit of momentum since the US Open as he looks for a strong end to the season. The Canadian will look for more consistent results at Grand Slams next season as he looks to become a legitimate threat to win the big titles on the tour.

Evans will look to use the slice as much as possible to force the errors from Shapovalov’s game while the Canadian will look to make the rallies as short as possible with a mix of depth and power. This should be a great match between two in-form players but with the way Evans is playing, it’s hard to see anything else than the Brit winning.

Prediction: Evans in straight sets.


Marcos Giron def Cameron Norrie [7] 6-3 6-4

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As Evans looks ahead to the last eight, Cameron Norrie is booking a flight to Paris as the Brit produced a disappointing performance in a straight sets defeat to Marcos Giron. After a tight opening game, it was Giron who produced the more consistent tennis on return as he broke in the sixth and eighth games to edge towards the opening set.

Norrie couldn’t find his game in the right moments and some costly errors gave the American another break in the seventh game. The Brit created a couple of break point opportunities in the final game but ultimately it was Giron who came out on top as he closed out the victory.

The world number 13 will play his final tournament of the season next week at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris.



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