Vienna | Evans picks up injury but Norrie survives

Having learnt that he had been selected for Davis Cup duty next month, Dan Evans now has a major fitness problem on his hands after picking up an injury during his opening match at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria.

The British No.2 opened up well to take an early lead in his match against the seventh seeded Frances Tiafoe of the US but after 31-minutes and leading 4-1, he pulled up in pain and retired despite receiving treatment.

It is a major setback for Leon Smith, the Team GB captain, who only announced a few days ago that he would be taking the same team that brought them through the Group stage in Manchester, to Malaga for the Davis Cup Finals.

Evans had certainly been an integral player then especially in the final doubles which settled the tie against France, their main rivals for that place in the Final Eight which includes Novak Djokovic and the Serbian team, their quarter final opponents.

Evans will hope the injury is not as serious as first feared and that it won’t affect his Davis Cup participation, as GB look to win the trophy for the first time since 2015.

Meanwhile British No.1 Cameron Norrie came through after two-hours, 24-minutes, 7-6(7) 4-6 6-3 against Austrian qualifier Filip Misolic and will face the fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev in round two, the German having comfortably dispatched the Austian wildcard Sebastian Offner 6-4 6-1.

In other action Andrey Rublev (3) beat Aussie Alexei Popyrin 7-6(5) 6-4 and will play Italy’s Matteo Arnaldi who needed two tiebreaks to beat Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(4) 7-6(6).

Fourth seed Stefano Tsitsipas beat local hero Dominic Thiem 7-6(5) 6-4 to end his chances of a homecoming title, while Tiafoe’s fellow American Tommy Paul also reached the last 16 after he eased past French qualifier Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-1.






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