Dan Evans secured a place in the second round at the Miami Open after powerful display against the world No.59 Malek Jaziri of Tunisia.
I was just happy to get the win, it has been a good start to the year, I'm moving probably the best I have moved in my career. I treated the qualies like I had played two practice sets and carried on, treated it like any other match. Dan Evans
The British No.3 was making the best of his luck having been close to disqualification in the final round of qualifying after abusing the umpire for poor officiating during his 6-4 6-4 loss to frustrating play of Kazakh Alexander Bublik.
However fortune favoured him and he made the main draw as a Lucky Loser when Tomas Berdych pulled out with a back injury.
Evans has now fought his way back into the top 100 as he tries to regain his place in the top 50 which he held before his one-year suspension.
The British No.3 faced just one problem on this occasion when he exchanged views with a Jaziri supporter who had disputed a line call but there were no major confrontations as those experienced during his previous qualifying match.
“I was just happy to get the win, it has been a good start to the year,” Evans said. “I’m moving probably the best I have moved in my career. I treated the qualies like I had played two practice sets and carried on, treated it like any other match.”
The incident with Jaziri’s bench on a tight outside court came at 2-0 in the second set, when his coach leapt up out of his seat to protest about an overrule.
“He jumped up and started screaming, maybe it was to try and make me lose concentration,’ explained Evans. “His player wasn’t doing too well out there. It made me focus even more and actually helped me, so it wasn’t his best move.”
Elsewhere, fellow Briton Cameron Norrie went down to a 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-3 defeat against Australia’s Jordan Thompson.
World number 51 Norrie, the British No2 ranked 26 places higher than his opponent, took the first set but was overhauled as Thompson avenged his defeat in their only other previous meeting, at last year’s US Open.
It is a second successive first-round defeat for 23-year-old Norrie following his early exit in Indian Wells.