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New York | Evans to meet Federer

The unseeded British No 2, Dan Evans, continues making excellent progress at this year’s US Open when he defeated 25th seed Lucas Pouille to earn a meeting with Roger Federer in the third round.

I have to go out there and think I can beat him. I'm in a different place to when we've played before and so is he. Dan Evans

The 29-year-old from Birmingham was an impressive 6-4 6-3 6-7(4) 6-4 winner on Court 12 stamping his authority on the match from the opening moments.

Having pocketed the opening two sets, he broke to lead in the third only for Pouille to suddenly up his own game to belatedly find his range breaking Evans twice to halt the Evan’s run towards a straight sets victory.

The Briton struck back to level the set but then let the tie-break slip when leading it 3-0.

Despite that minor set-back, Evans, ranked 58, finished the job in the fourth set after three hours and 10-minutes to set up a third career clash with 20-time grand slam champion Federer whom he has pushed in the past but never claimed a set off the Swiss Maestro.

But he believes he can improve on his two previous matches with him.

“I think I have got over ‘it’s Roger and he’s impossible to beat’,” Evans said as he prepares for the third-round clash scheduled for Friday on Arthur Ashe stadium.

“I have to go out there and think I can beat him. I’m in a different place to when we’ve played before and so is he.”

Following their last meeting at the Australian Open in Melbourne in January, which saw Evans push him all the way, the 38-year-old Swiss said he felt like he was “playing in the mirror a little bit” and then went on to invite Evans to practice with him in Switzerland before the French Open.

“We talked about everything really. He was pretty open about life, what he does. Just open, normal chat,” said Evans, who also lost to Federer at Wimbledon in 2016. “I didn’t ask him about my game. I have to go about my business and hopefully beat him.”




  1. Veronica McCarthy

    Good Luck Dan , play well , enjoy yourself xxxx🌹🇬🇧💕💕


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