By Ros Satar

  • Dan Evans [Q] def. Lloyd Harris [WC] 6-0 6-2
  • Evans [Q] v Andreas Seppi [6]
  • First meeting
DELRAY BEACH, USA – Qualifier Dan Evans continues a great run blowing wildcard Lloyd Harris off the court and reaching a first quarter-final since 2017.

 

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Dan Evans [Q] def. Lloyd Harris [WC] 6-0 6-2

Dan Evans continues his fine run of form at Delray Beach, as he blew wildcard Lloyd Harris off the court, having previously dumped out defending champion and No. 3 seed Frances Tiafoe out in the opening round.

After plugging away at Harris’ opening serve and finally breaking him on his fourth try, Evans was in control in the first set, only facing one break point himself before snapping up the first set without losing a game.

There was a slightly more spirited approach from Harris in the second set but not before he had gone 0-3 down. He broke Evans to briefly get things back on serve before losing his serve twice in succession, as Evans cruised into the quarter-final.

 

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Evans [Q] v Andreas Seppi [6]

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Evans is into his first quarter-final since January 2017 in Sydney, where he went on to contest his first ATP Final. Of course after that things spun out of control for the Brit as he was banned for testing positive for cocaine and his route back has been hard work.

Evans was able to go toe-to-toe with a similar aggressive baseline game against Tiafoe, and experience helped him ease past Harris, but Andreas Seppi will throw up different challenges.

Carrying a lot more height, Seppi’s patient counter-punching game has made him a consistent player, albeit a long way off his previous career high of World No. 18, as he sits currently outside the Top 50. He started the year well reaching the final in Sydney but since then he fell to Tiafoe in the third round of the Australian Open ad since then (and excluding Davis Cup) he got his first back to back wins on the tour at Delray Beach.

Evans will have to mix things up as the balls will just keep coming back into the court, but it is hard to count him out after such a confidence-building run.

Prediction: Seppi in three sets.

 

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