Dan Evans’ US Open campaign ended in the fourth round with a dominant loss to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. The Russian produced a confident performance from the start of the match as his aggressive style of play handled Evans’ variety with ease as he took a 5-2 lead in the opening set. Although the Brit had moments of brilliance in the first set, Medvedev cruised to a one set lead in 37 minutes.
Medvedev continued to crush winners past the 24th seed as he broke to love to start the second set and had two opportunities to extend that lead to a double break. However Evans started to get some momentum on his side and improved his base level of play to get the break back at 3-3. However the Brit couldn’t capitalise as the world number two got the break back immediately at 4-3 and held his serve for a two sets to love lead.
Another two breaks in the third set secured a comfortable fourth round victory for Medvedev as he booked his place in the quarter-finals in 1 hour and 45 minutes.
As for Evans he admitted that the Russian was on a different level:
“He was a different level to me today,” Evans was quoted by the BBC Sport as saying. “You’re looking at the draw hoping he’s nowhere near me for the rest of my days”
However despite the tough defeat Evans said that it was a positive week as he looks forward to the rest of the season:
“It’s a good week. It was difficult – some difficult matches,” Evans said.
“But it was a solid, solid week. I am happy with how I dealt with the conditions. The whole trip in itself was difficult. I played my best tennis this week, which is pleasing. To move in the direction I want to be moving, there’s some more hard work left this year. I’ll see how the next few days look. I’m nursing a bit of soreness. See how long that takes, then move on from there.”
Dan Evans’ next tournament is in San Diego which starts on the 27th of September while Medvedev takes on Dutch qualifier Botic Van De Zandschulp on Wednesday in the quarter-finals.
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