Dan Evans missed out on the second week at Wimbledon yet again after losing in four sets to rising American star Sebastian Korda. Both players started with confidence on serve as there were a lot of love holds as the Brit looked to outmanoeuvre Korda. After having a half-opportunity to break in the seventh game, it was Evans who blinked first as Korda broke for a 5-3 lead. The American’s big serve and forehand proved critical in dictating the tempo of the match as he closed out the opening set.
However the Brit showed composure in the second set using a good combination of slices and powerful play to open up the spaces in the court. After both players were forced into Deuce on their service game, it was Evans who would get the pivotal break for a 4-2 lead. A first serve percentage of 86% in the second set helped as Evans took control on serve as he closed out the second set to level the match at one set all. The roles were reversed in the third set with some powerful returning combinations saw Korda break for a 4-2 lead. But just as the American had control, Evans took it back as he was starting to read the American’s serves better.
In a long game, the 22nd seed took his fourth break point of the game and broke back for 4-3. So many times in his career Evans has been held accountable to lack of concentration and that applied here as Korda capitalised in the eighth game as he broke straight back and then held to take the third set. In the end it was Evans’ serve that would let him down because just as he got momentum and broke for a 4-2 lead, the Brit started to miss some crucial first serves. Back came Korda who won four games in a row to seal a ground-breaking grand slam win and reach the last 16.
As for Evans it’s a missed opportunity to reach the second week of Wimbledon for the first time in his career. After the match the Brit admitted that the loss was disappointing:
“I actually, you know, think I played the better tennis in the fourth set,” Evans said.
“I had chances. I was a break up. I just couldn’t string tennis together in long enough periods of time. Same with the third set, I think. Got broke, then broke back I think, then got broke again, something like that. Well, I have to win that match obviously to go any deeper than I obviously did. But I just didn’t think I played a good match. That obviously hinders me from winning the match. Yeah, it’s more disappointment than anything really right now. Yeah, it was a good chance to have a decent run. I think I didn’t turn up really.”
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