Daniel Evans in the first round of 2021 Wimbledon, London, UK
Daniel Evans in the first round of 2021 Wimbledon, London, UK | (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Tennis | Wimbledon 2021 | Evans eases past grass court veteran Lopez to set Lajovic clash

  • Dan Evans [22] def Feliciano Lopez 7-6(4) 6-2 7-5
  • Evans v Dusan Lajovic | H2H: Evans leads 1-0
LONDON, ENGLAND – Dan Evans eased past grass court veteran Feliciano Lopez to set a second round clash at Wimbledon with Dusan Lajovic.


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Dan Evans [22] def Feliciano Lopez 7-6(4) 6-2 7-5

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Dan Evans produced an impressive performance as he beat former Wimbledon quarter-finalist Feliciano Lopez in straight sets. The first set was as expected with both players serving well with the Spaniard using his impressive net skills as a focal point.

Evans counter-attacked this with slices from the baseline and timed aggression within rallies as he looked set the tempo of the match. In a predictable turn of events the first set went to a tiebreak which Evans dominated and took by 7 points to 4.

In the second set the Brit’s level stayed the same with Lopez struggling to find any consistency with his powerful ground-strokes. More unforced errors developed from the Spaniard while Evans remained consistent and continued to raise his level when it mattered. Two consecutive breaks towards the end of the set saw a two sets to love lead for Evans as he looked to be heading for the second round.

Despite Lopez’s resilience in the third set Evans remained patient as after saving two break points in the seventh game, the Brit broke in the twelfth game to seal victory against a tough opponent and move into round two.


Dan Evans [22] v Dusan Lajovic H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans [25] v Dusan Lajovic

H2H: Evans leads 1-0


London, England

Grass (O)

Prize Money: £75,000

Third on Court No. 1, not before 3pm BST

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Next for Evans will be Dusan Lajovic who edged past Gilles Simon in five sets and four hours.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Grass)

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Dan Evans (WR 26)

Dusan Lajovic (WR 42)

Tournament Previous Best

R3 (2016, 2019)

R2 (2014, 2017)

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2nd Serve Return Points Won %



Break Points Converted %



The key area where Evans is superior to Lajovic in is the conversion of break points which is where the Brit is going to dominate in. Lajovic will need to improve his second serve returns if he wants to have any chance of making this contest close.


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Playing Styles and Prediction

Lajovic likes to be aggressive and shorten the rallies with the Serbian using his one-handed backhand to take control of points as well as turn defence into attack. The one weakness for Lajovic is that he likes to have time on the ball, so grass isn’t his strongest surface because of that and is yet to record any results that are note-worthy this season.

Evans will need to be aggressive and take the match to Lajovic with the Brit’s variation in using the slice going to be key here. The match-up suits the Brit and he should be confident enough to win the match especially after such an impressive first round win.

Prediction: Evans in straight sets.


Evans’ win over Lopez was not the only match carried over day two that involved a Brit as Jay Clarke went out in four sets to Egor Gerasimov. With the match at two sets to one to the Belarusian, Gerasimov finished the job to win 6-3 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2.  


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