The question floating around in the world of tennis has come after seeing Dan Evans compete, and do well in the US Open last week; does he have the potential to be playing and competing with the big names in the sport? By that, it is not meant that he will be playing with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray, as they will almost certainly be too good for the Future’s player. Instead, Dan Evans will hope to play with high ranked players, such as the Spaniard he lost to in the US Open, Tommy Robredo, who is ranked 22nd in the world.
Dan Evans stunned the tennis world by going on his US Open run defeating the likes of 11th seed Kei Nishikori and Bernard Tomic after coming through the qualifying stages of the final Grand Slam of the year. However, the world ranked 179 could not overcome the world number 22 Tommy Robredo, despite putting up a good fight in a four set thriller. Now that he has been eliminated from the US Open, he will plan out which tournaments he must enter and what he must do in order to break into the world top 100 and even attempt to get direct entry into next year’s Grand Slams.
In a match which lasted 3 hours and 13 minutes, Dan Evans only sprung to life when it was too late as Tommy Robredo triumphed 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 4-6 7-5. The opening set looked as though both players were being cautious and it was an even match, even throughout the tie-break, which Robredo edged. Yet the second set was a different story as the Spaniard completely dominated the Briton only allowing him to get only one game all set. Then again, the tables turned once more.
In the third set, Evans needed to pull something out of the bag and did so with only one break in the set, which allowed him to crawl his way back into the match. It looked as though the inexperienced British number two was going to level up sets too, but the match pressure and nerves got to the lad. Dan Evans went on to make unforced errors and sloppy shots which ultimately threw away the fourth set after being 5-3 ahead, whilst attempting to serve out. Robredo came back from behind to win the fourth set and the match, setting up a fourth round against Roger Federer.
After his loss, Dan Evans commented, “To be in the main draw of the Australian Open and Wimbledon would be the icing on the cake. To not have to ask for a wild card would help a lot and free one up for one of the other guys. To win two matches in the US Open and then have that match (against Robredo) shows I’m not a Futures player. I’m probably better than a Challenger player as well.” Evans earned £60,000 for reaching the third round of the US Open, but now he will try and break into the world’s top 100 and play his best for Great Britain in the Davis Cup later this month.
Author Daniel Foster.
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