In a tough day at the office, Dan Evans was second best in most of his match as he was dumped out of Roland Garros by Miomir Kecmanovic in four sets.
It was a terrific start by the 25th seeded Brit who’s slice mixed with controlled aggression was too much for the erratic Serbian. Two breaks of serve in the first set saw him cruise to the first set 6-1.
However after that it all went downhill from the Brit as Kecmanovic raised his overall level producing much more consistent power and forcing more errors from a distracted Evans. A break in the second game was the deciding factor as the Serb went level in the match.
In the third set, Kecmanovic produced the only hold of serve in the set in the second game as both players were erratic on their service games as Evans was facing a 2 sets to 1 deficit. The fourth set saw Kecmanovic dominate most of the games and take a commanding 5-2 lead, putting him in touching distance of victory.
A mini-comeback from Evans saw some brilliant shot-making ensure that he was back on serve but the Brit would ultimately fall as the Serb broke to close out victory.
After the match Evans admitted the loss is hard to take, “It’s disappointing again. It’s hard to take. I felt good coming in, playing some good tennis. That’s the nature of the game, isn’t it? You know, you’re out of the tournament before it’s literally started. So it’s a dire end to a decent clay season. And, you know, I’ve got to dust myself off and go again.
“You know, I fought hard. I can give myself credit for that. But, you know, it’s becoming a bit too common being breaks up in Grand Slam sets and not putting them away. It’s frustrating. You know, I’ve got to look at myself and my game and see what’s happening.”
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