By Ros Satar

  • Dan Evans def. Jason Jung [Q] 6-1 6-1
  • Evan faces Albot for the third time this year for spot in quarter-final
ATLANTA, USA – Dan Evans made a commanding return to the tour with a trouncing of qualifier Jason Jung, and sets up his third clash with Radu Albot in 2019

 

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Dan Evans def. Jason Jung [Q] 6-1 6-1

Any doubts we may have had that Dan Evans had turned a corner in terms of his dedication to his career was answered with a confident trouncing of qualifier Jason Jung in his BBT Atlanta Open first round match.

Jung was simply no match for Evans, despite having claimed the scalp of Donald Young, once touted as America’s next best hope. He was broken in the first game of the match and then twice more at the end of the first set to take the lead.

He followed up with two breaks in succession at the start of the second set, and although Jung claimed a hold, it was a storming performance that bettered his last appearance in Atlanta in 2016, where he fell in the first round.

 

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Evans v Radu Albot [6]

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Evans came close to claiming his maiden ATP title at Delray Beach when both he and Radu Albot were in the running for their first title. He ran out of steam in the deciding set tie-breaker, but exacted a small measure of revenge on Albot this year in Eastbourne, with a straight sets win, but his skills on grass and his form really helped.

Back on hard courts, and Evans has a better win-loss ratio this year than the Moldovan, who is making his debut in Atlanta. Neither player are particularly on the tall side, but Albot’s footwork and determined playing style carry him through matches. He fights for every ball – of course he does – he modelled his game on the recently retired David Ferrer and it shows.

In the sapping heat if Atlanta, it will be a good indication of Evans’ fitness. As an aggressive baseliner, he is used to chasing balls down and he defends particularly well, with good variety to his repertoire of shots.

This is unlikely to be as much of a whitewash of his grass court encounter, but his confidence should be high.

Prediction: Evans in three sets.

Evans and Albot are scheduled third on Stadium Court, not before 3pm (8pm BST).

 

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