By Ros Satar
- Dan Evans [Q] def. Li Zhe [WC] 6-3. 6-4
- Faces Isner for a spot in the quarter-final and leads H2H by 1-0
BEIJING, CHINA – Dan Evans has a chance to leapfrog Kyle Edmund for the British No. 1 spot, but faces big-serving John Isner for a spot in the quarter-final.
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Dan Evans def. Li Zhe [WC] 6-3, 6-4
Dan Evans had to keep his nerve after being broken in the first set by home-crowd favourite Li Zhe before striking back decisively, breaking the Chinese player three times in a row to take the first set and despite both players having chances to go ahead at the start of the second test, it was Evans who went ahead.
Li gave the crowd a little more to cheer about as he broke straight back, but Evans broke to advance in straight sets.
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Evans v John Isner | Evans leads H2H 1-0
It should give the chirpy Brummie quite a bit of hope that he not only leads the head to head over John Isner but that it came earlier this year, on his way to the Delray Breach final. Evans actually came from a set down against the big-serving American to score a solid win as his year started to pick up steam.
The key for Evans will be to certainly try look after his own serve first and foremost to be able to go toe-to-toe with the big man, and then try and get on the end of those booming serves. Evans has more variety than Isner and can make the most of his mobility around the court for his own advantage.
In Delray Beach he worked out what it would take to unlock the puzzle of breaking Isner’s serve, and as the match went on, Isner’s body language became more and more negative, and Evans is the kind of player who can get under players’ skins.
This is not an easy match for him, and it may well take three sets to do it, but with the British No.1 spot tantalisingly close, there should be plenty of motivation for ‘David’ to slay Goliath once more.
Prediction: Evans in three sets.
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Evans and Isner are scheduled on Lotus Court, not before 2:30pm (7:30am BST).
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