Melbourne | Evans overcomes fatigue
Dan Evans, seeded 30, continues to spring surprises as he mantains his excellent run od results following his success at the ATP Cup.
I'm just relieved to have come through and started some momentum in this tournament. It would have been a poor end to a good trip to have lost first round. Dan Evans
The British No.1 recovered from two sets down to take his place in the second round at the Australian Open explaining his slow start to fatigue.
He beat American Mackenzie McDonald, ranked 123 following a series of injuries, 3-6 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-3, to record his first ever victory from two sets down.
Evans enjoys the conditions in Melbourne an has reached the fourth round (2017) claiming the best win of his career against Marin Cilic, but last year he had to go through the qualifying event!
The last 12 months have proved that he now has the commitment to make use of his talent and could well rise further up the rankings where he s currently standing at 32, the highest of his career.
He did show some frustration as he fell behind against the American, hurling his racket in frustration, but he managed to change the momentum to eventually go through in impressive fashion.
The start of the season has been draining as he readily admitted.
“When you are tired, your patience is less and that is just how I thought I was today.
“I was frustrated over not a lot really. When you are two sets to love down, you think you are going home. I was just happy to turn it. Once I had got up in the third, I felt pretty good that he was flagging a bit and I was going up.
“I just hung in; I felt my level was there somewhere. I changed my game a little bit, started making a few more balls and in the end, I thought I was pretty strong.
“I’m just relieved to have come through and started some momentum in this tournament. It would have been a poor end to a good trip to have lost first round.”
In the second round, Evans will face talented Japanese player Yoshihito Nishioka, who has beaten him twice including in Washington last summer.
“If I’m being totally honest, I had a really bad mental performance last time,” said Evans.
“It was just before I split with my coach (David Felgate) so I wouldn’t read too much into the last one. We’ll see what happens. He moves well, good backhand, doesn’t come in so well, not such a good serve but he’s pretty quick and likes to counter-punch.”
Kyle Edmund opened his challenge on the first day but his match against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia, the 24th seed, has been suspended by rain with the score standing at 5-2 in the Brits favour.
Also suspended is the match between Johanna Konta, seeded 12, against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia which was the fourth match on the Arena Court.