Dan Evans is into the second week of the US Open for the first time in his career after producing a stunning two set to love down comeback against Alexei Popyrin. The Brit made the perfect start by breaking in the opening game with some impressive returning. However Evans’ concentration cost him the set as Popyrin produced some big-hitting in important moments to break two times in a row at the end of the opening set to take the first set.
After both players had break points at the start of the second set, it was the Australian who would get the crucial break for a 3-1 lead. Popyrin’s big hitting in all areas of the court was causing Evans problems who couldn’t break down the world number 73. Popyrin continued to produce some entertaining tennis and some bold serving as he saved three break points, including one in the final game, to keep holding his serve and go two sets to love up.
Evans had a mountain to climb but that mountain was severely reduced by Evans improved returning speed and depth in the third set. Eventually the Brit would convert his third break point of the set with a slice and lob combination as he secured a 4-2 lead. The 24th seed was also all of the sudden clutch on serve as he managed to hold with ease to secure the third set.
Both men were nervy and tight in the fourth set as there were entertaining rallies which involved ridiculous angles, tweener shots, slices and powerful winners. Both players were having good success on return with Evans getting the crucial break in the opening game. Both players exchange breaks in the fourth and fifth games as well as the eighth and ninth games. Evans made no mistake in serving to level the match at two sets all.
The final set saw the crowd heavily involved but with both players holding serves effectively and producing well constructed points of the highest quality. The only break point went to Popyrin in the fourth games but the Brit saved it as it went to a final set tiebreak. From there Evans dominated with his slice and power to take advantage of a fatigued Popyrin. At 6-1, Popyrin served a double fault to hand Evans victory and a place in the last 16 of the US Open.
Dan Evans  v Daniil Medvedev  H2H & Match Fundamentals
Dan Evans  v Daniil Medvedev 
H2H: First Meeting
New York, USA
Prize Money: $265,000
Second on Arthur Ashe Stadium, not before 1:30pm (6:30pm BST).
Medvedev is once again proving why he is one of the best if not the best hard court player in the world. The Russian started the year reaching the Australian Open final and despite a disappointing Olympics campaign, won the title in Toronto to show why he is a force to be reckoned with.
Tactically Evans needs to construct points effectively with his slice and give Medvedev different paces, spins and depths to work with in order to disrupt the Russian’s rhythm. The main problem is after all the tennis the Brit has played can he sustain that level in a best of five set match against a fresh and confident Medvedev? That could be a step too far especially given the Russian’s serve percentages so far in the tournament.
Prediction: Medvedev in four sets.
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