Dan Evans in the Nature Valley Open, ATP Challenger Nottingham 2018
Dan Evans in the Nature Valley Open, ATP Challenger Nottingham 2018 | (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | Western & Southern Open 2020 | Evans beats Rublev to meet Raonic

  • In his first match ever at the Western & Southern Open, Dan Evans beat Andrey Rublev claiming his sixth Top-20 victory
  • He will face Milos Raonic in the second round.
NEW YORK, USA – In a succession of contrasting clashes, after after beating Andrey Rublev, Dan Evans will face World No.30 Milos Raonic.


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Dan Evans def. Andrey Rublev [10] 7-5 3-6 6-2

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British number one Dan Evans collected his sixth Top-20 victory of his 2020 campaign. In his opening match at the Western & Southern Open, he completed an impressive 7-5 3-6 6-2 win against the 2019 quarterfinalist Andrey Rublev. The World No.28 is now 12-5 since the beginning of the season and 4-9 at Masters 1000 level in his whole career.

Rublev and Evans met for the third time in 2020 in Tour-level matches. Rublev defeated Evans at Adelaide as part of his career-long 15-match win streak. The Brit won the rematch at Dubai during the final week of ATP Tour events prior to the suspension.

There were six breaks of serve in a see-saw first set, with the Russian seemingly struggling to breathe and Evans ready to take the initiative off the forehand side. One year after inflicting Roger Federer his quickest defeat in fifteen years in Cincinnati, Rublev broke in the eighth game of the second set to force a decider. However, the Britmade the difference finding depth and consistence in mid-range rallies from both sides.

Evans was the second British player to reach the second round in New York after Andy Murray defeated Frances Tiafoe on Saturday. If they both win their next matches, they could meet in the round-of-16.

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Dan Evans v Milos Raonic | First meeting

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Evans will now face World No. 30 Milos Raonic coming off a straight-sets win over Sam Querrey. Predictably, the Brit expects a different match, a less physical battle against the imposing Canadian.

The Brit effectively countered Rublev’s flashy returns but will now face one of the most effective servers on Tour. In the last 52 weeks, according to the ATP Leaderboards, Raonic has the highest percentage of first-serve points won and the third highest rate on second deliveries.

Serving 17.8 aces per match on average, Raonic has a huge weapon to kill the points. On the contrary, the Brit is the eleventh best returner against opponents’ first serves and the 28th overall in Tour-level matches.

After his debut match, the Canadian praised himself, happy with how he dealt with a lot of details out of his control that you can’t mimic in a practice.

Prediction: Raonic in three sets.


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