Following his disappointing Australian Open, Dan Evans got back into winning ways with an impressive 6-3 7-5 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber, the veteran and experienced German, to reach the second round at Rotterdam.
The court was quicker than I thought it was going to be, but it suits my game and I am happy to go through Dan Evans
Evans, the British No.1 who is still searching for a clothes sponsor, broke the 36-year-old Kitzbuhel resident, once in each set, struck eight aces and made only 11 unforced errors in the 76-minute match.
Evans, 29, will face either Karen Khachanov of the fifth seeded Fabio Fognini in round two.
“I served really well,” said Evans. “The court was quicker than I thought it was going to be, but it suits my game and I am happy to go through.”
In other first round action, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov took out the eighth seed Denis Shapovalov 6-3 7-6(3) with the world No.22 revealing that he hadn’t hit his best form to reach round two and a possible meeting with another Canadian youngster, Felix Auger Alissime or Gremany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.
“There was not a lot of rhythm” Dimitrov said after the match. ‘There were not too many rallies, but I was able to stay in control.