• Dan Evans def. Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
  • Dan Evans v Roger Federer [2] | Federer leads H2H 3-0
DOHA, QATAR – The British No. 1  Dan Evans came through a rollercoaster of a match to set up a meeting with Roger Federer.

 

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Dan Evans def. Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 1-6, 6-2

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Dan Evans survived an entertaining encounter to defeat Jeremy Chardy for the second time this season. The Brit started the match strongly, capitalising on his very first break point opportunity with a superb forehand passing shot. That early break proved to be crucial as Evans fended off an astonishing 10 break points to claim a one-set lead over the Frenchman.

Chardy grew into the match as the second set went on. The World No. 54 clinched the break of serve midway through the set – which turned out to be his 14th break point of the contest. The Frenchman used his forehand to devastating effect and ran away with the set to force a decider.

Just like the first set, Evans broke his opponent’s serve with a stunning forehand pass early on. The Brit’s repertoire of shots was on full display to the frustration of Chardy. Evans dug deep to claim his sixth victory from seven matches this season. The 30-year-old won a healthy 69% of points behind his second serve throughout the affair.

 

Dan Evans v Roger Federer [2] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans v Roger Federer [2] H2H: Federer leads 3-0
ATP Doha Doha, Qatar
Hard (O) Prize Money: $16,780
Scheduled on Centre Court, not before 6pm

(3pm GMT)

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Evans’ next opponent will be none other than the returning Roger Federer. The 39-year-old will be playing his first match since his semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic at the 2020 Australian Open.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2020)

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H2H: Dan Evans (WR 28)  Roger Federer [2] (WR 6)
Tournament Previous Best First Round (2013) Champion (2005, 2006, 2011)
1st Serve % 61 66
Service Games Won % 78 86
Break Points Saved % 59 67
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 51 50
Break Points Converted % 42 40

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Playing Styles

Widely considered as the greatest to ever pick up a tennis racket, Federer boasts one of the best skillsets of all time. His timing and technique on all shots are impeccable, making his life on court extremely easy. The Swiss superstar has a pin-point weapon of a serve and a lethal forehand to back it up.

The 39-year-old can deploy a wide range of styles, mixing flashy attacking tennis with fizzing slices to frustrate his opponents. However, this will be Federer’s first competitive match in over a year and there is no way to tell how well the former World No. 1 will play. His level is anyone’s guess as he comes back to tour action.

Evans will need to control his own game and maintain a high intensity throughout. The Brit’s level wavered too much during his first round encounter – he may not get away with it against Federer. In each of their previous three matches, Evans was outplayed in every department so he may want to think about giving the World No. 6 different looks.

 

Prediction

This will be the pair’s first meeting outside of a Grand Slam tournament. Federer has won all nine sets versus his British opponent, although he wasn’t coming off the back of a year-long hiatus. There is a strong possibility that the 20-time Grand Slam champion will be extremely fresh and able to play through his expected rust. This match-up doesn’t work well for Evans and I can see Federer getting win number four over the Brit.

Prediction: Federer in three sets.

 

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