Dan Evans is into the last 32 of the US Open after another impressive display aw him to a four set victory over America’s Marcos Giron. The Brit dominated on serve after getting the early break in the first game of the match. Giron had no answer on return as Evans didn’t concede a single break points as some aggressive and attack-minded play saw the world number 27 convert his third set point to take the opening set 6-4.
However Giron responded well with some powerful ground-strokes of his own with the American saving a break point in the opening game and breaking Evans’ serve in the second game as he took a 3-0 lead. Struggling to get his slice consistently into play, Evans reverted back to his aggressive play especially near the net as he broke back in the seventh game to bring the set back on serve. The second set would go to a tiebreak and it was Evans who was more dominant and attack-minded as he won seven of the ten points to take a two set to love lead.
There was no quit in the American though with Evans physically dropping off a level, Giron took advantage with some incredible athleticism and shot-making as he converted both his break points in the set as he took the third set 6-2.
Despite the weather playing up and Giron consistently bringing his A game, Evans remained undeterred and a break in the eight game secured the crucial break needed for the Brit to successfully serve out the match and book his place into the last 32.
Dan Evans  v Alexei Popyrin H2H & Match Fundamentals
Dan Evans  v Alexei Popyrin
H2H: Evans leads 1-0
New York, USA
Prize Money: $180,000
Second on Court 17, not before 12:30pm (5:30pm BST)
The Australian offers a big serve with a heavy forehand and has often tested Rafael Nadal on clay this season. Despite the performances, the results just haven’t come with it until the US Open with back-to-back wins against Radu Albot and Dimitrov suggesting that he is starting to change his fortunes around.
Evans will need to serve well and improve his anticipation skills on return if he wants to beat a confident Popyrin. Once the Australian’s confidence gets going then it can be hard to stop his momentum. Evans will need to continue to be aggressive and take the options away from the Australian, should he do that then Evans could be looking at a place in the second week in New York.
Prediction: Evans in four sets.
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