Daniel Evans in the first round of 2021 Wimbledon, London, UK
Daniel Evans in the first round of 2021 Wimbledon, London, UK | (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Washington D.C. | Evans returns to Nakashima test in Washington opener

  • Dan Evans [6] v Brandon Nakashima [WC]
  • H2H: First Meeting
WASHINGTON D.C., USA – Dan Evans competes in his first match since Wimbledon when he takes on in-form Brandon Nakashima in Washington.


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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans [6] v Brandon Nakashima [WC]

H2H: First Meeting

ATP Washington

Washington D.C., USA

Hard (O)

Prize Money: $13,300

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After losing in the third round of Wimbledon and testing positive for COVID-19, Dan Evans returns to the ATP tour in a tough first round test against Brandon Nakashima in Washington.  


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

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Dan Evans (WR 27)

Brandon Nakashima (WR 89)

Tournament Previous Best

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Although Evans leads in most of the stats, Nakashima’s confidence at the moment is evident with the amount of service games won. Evans will need to step up his level in important moments if he wants to reach the third round.


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Playing styles and prediction

Nakashima heads into Washington in confident form having reached back-to-back finals in Los Cabos and Atlanta. Losses to Cameron Norrie and John Isner are no mean feat and show that it will take something special to beat him. The American’s mix of athleticism, defensive skills and accurate serving are a dangerous combination as most of his opponents have found out.

Evans’ slice will need to be used quite a lot to test Nakashima’s ability to produce aggressive winners from the back of the court. This is a tough match for the Brit in his comeback match and he will need to play his best tennis in order to reach the last 16. If Evans has a good serving day then the Brit has a good chance of winning otherwise it could be a tough afternoon for the sixth seed.

Prediction: Evans in three sets.



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