By Glenys Furness
- Dan Evans makes the main draw in first Challenger for a year
- Liam Broady out in first round
- Kyle Edmund withdraws
VANCOUVER, CANADA – ATP Challenger tour round up of action including Dan Evans, Liam Broady & Kyle Edmund.
After a long lay off due to injury Evans played a few ITF events to get back playing, and to start rising up the rankings again, leading led to a succession of great results including final appearances.
Evans progressed through the qualifying rounds without too much trouble, taking out the second seed in the final qualifying round in straight sets. Coming back from a break down in the first set, the Brit was soon in control taking the first set 6-4. The second set was very much one way traffic as Evans dominated the second seed, not letting him win a single game on the way to a bagel (6-0) and easily making the main draw. The last time Evans was in a Challenger main draw was a year ago, at the same event.
Broady was playing his first round match at the same event. Drawing Karen Khachanov the young 19-year-old Russian, this was going to be a tricky match. Broady the slightly higher ranked player had the higher first serve percentage in the first set at 73%, however won only 59% of points behind his serve. The Russian had higher stats and this was borne out with the youngster taking the first set 6-4 despite the Brits best efforts. The second set was much the same with Broady trying to get something on the Russian serve. Ultimately the Russian was just that little bit better and took the set 6-3 to knock Broady out.
Kyle Edmund has withdrawn from the event, his place has been taken by a Lucky Loser
Play continues in Vancouver today from 6pm BST