Dan Evans stuns US Open 11th seed Kei Nishikori with straight sets win

Dan Evans produced the best

performance of his career to defeat 11th Kei Nishikori in the first round of the US Open. Ranked at 179 in the world, Evans didnt even qualify for the qualifying tournament originally, but late withdrawals got him into that, and three wins put him in the main draw at Flushing Meadows. The 23-year-old from Birmingham took the fight to the world number 12 from the start, winning four games in a row to take the first set on his way to completing a straight sets 6-4 6-4 6-2 win in front of a packed crowd on Court 13. Evans will now face Australias

Bernard Tomic in the second round

. Following a pep talk from Andy Murray, the cocky Midlander - Britains No.3 - has really got his act togeth

er this season. He said: “It’s definitely a good day for me. It was pretty good out there to play so well against someone ranked so highly. “But I have felt pretty confident all through the week

.I didn’t really feel any nerves. “I have played so many matches recently that every day feels like it is rolled into one. I didn’t even know it was Monday today either. “I’ve always known I was a good player, but I just hadn’t put it all together. “It has been a good trip so far and hopefully there are a few more good days left.” Nishikori admitted afterwards he had never heard of Evans, who was playing in a low-key challenger event this time last year. The Japanese star said: “I’d never even seen him play before. He was aggress

ive and I got a bit tight which made it difficult.” Evans run through qualifying here exceeded expectations but was not a surprise given his talent and the great form he has been showing this summer. He has demonstrated a new level of commitment to tennis and is starting to achieve the results that many people always knew he could if only he knu

ckled down. Prior to this tou

rnament he reached two Challenger finals, and todays victory was his 12th in his last 14 matches, while he held match points in the other two. Understandably, it took Evans a little while to settl2020年43期正版跑狗图 e into the match and he was broken in the third game, but he levelled at 4-4 and then made it four games in a row to clinch the first set. Nishikori has had an indifferent summer, but he still would not have expected the world number 179 to cause him such probl

ems. Evans slice backhand was not to the Japanese players liking at all, and another ball knifed across the net helped him break serve again to take the second set. The start of the third was crucial, and Evans dug in to save three break points before edging closer to victory with another break. Evans has shone in Da

vis Cup over the last two years, beating players ranked much higher than himself and showing he revels on the big stage. He has a cockiness that keeps him relaxed at such moments, and it was Nishikori who showed nerves when he stepped out to serve to stay in the match

at 2-5. Some more fine play from Evans brought him three match points and Nishikori double-faulted to hand him a quite brilliant win. As well as a second-round match against Tomic, the victory also guarantees Evans prize money of approximately 34,000 - quite a sum for a player who has only won 130,000 in his whole career until now.