By Jake Davies

  • Dan Evans defeats [12] Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-4.
  • Naomi Broady victorious over World No.70 Irina Falconi 6-3 6-4

 WASHINGTON, USA – Brits Dan Evans and Naomi Broady made progress in some challenging weather (they should be used to that by now) as the both advanced at the Citi Open.

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Dan Evans shocks Grigor Dimitrov in Washington R2

In the testing conditions in Washington, Evans pulled off a positive and memorable victory over former Wimbledon semi-finalist Dimitrov in straight sets.

It was notable from the outset that Dimitrov was struggling with his movement, which Evans exposed considerably in the first set. Evans was playing positive, first-strike tennis from the beginning and that ultimately contributed to an early break of serve in the first game of the first set.

The combination of Evans persistence in attacking with the forehand, while illustrating his great variation on the backhand wing, was a major reason as to how he broke Dimitrov’s game down on the main court in Washington.

The explosive nature of Evans game is something we have not necessarily seen from the British player in previous years. Up to this point in his career we have grown accustomed to Evans ability to make things difficult and uncomfortable for his opponents – today against Dimitrov he took the match to the Bulgarian from start to finish.

Dimitrov looked a shadow of the player that propelled to No.8 in the rankings in 2014. Any rally that resulted in Dimitrov being forced into defensive positions often ended badly for the Bulgarian and Evans made sure he imposed his game on the higher-ranked opponent.

Evans rallied his way into a 6-4 *5-2 lead, and held three match points. On the third match point he missed an overhead that agonisingly missed the sideline – he eventually was broken as Dimitrov reeled off nine points in a row.

The rising British player was noticeably and understandably more hesitant as the match reached it’s conclusion, but on his fifth match point sealed the victory. This marks another positive stepping stone in Evans’ career.

Evans, who will rise to No.74 in the ATP Rankings, now has a stable coaching set up with Mark Hilton as his coach. He is also showing more discipline and application to what is required in order to succeed in the long-term as a professional tennis player.

Evans progresses to the Last 16 where he could face Lukas Lacko or sixth seed Jack Sock.

Naomi Broady beats Irina Falconi on American soil

Broady rebounded with an unlikely win over Falconi in the first round of the women’s event in Washington. It has been an inconsistent year for Broady, who played some of the best tennis of her career to get inside the Top 100 of the women’s game, but struggled in form in recent months.

The win today signals her first WTA main-draw win since as far back as April, so this victory was a long time overdue for the World No.84 Broady.

Broady’s next match will be against either Risa Ozaki of Japan or the No.2 seed Sloane Stephens. Broady would be familiar to the Stephens game, as they played in the Quarter-Finals of the Auckland event in January this year. Stephens won that match in straight sets after a very close first set.

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