- Dan Evans dominated Jeremy Chardy to reach a third ATP Tour final
- Will it be third time the charm, or lucky No. 7 for Felix Auger-Aliassime?
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Dan Evans reached a third career ATP Final where he will face Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final of the Murray River Open.
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H2H & Match Fundamentals
|Dan Evans  v Felix Auger-Aliassime||First Meeting|
|ATP 250: Murray River Open Final||Melbourne, Australia|
|Hard (O)||Prize Money: Winner: $19,500
|Third on Margaret Court Arena
Not before 2pm (3am GMT)
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Recap: Dan Evans  def. Jeremy Chardy 6-2 6-2
Dan Evans’ last two matches have seen a sharp uptick in improvement. He identified the need to improve aspects of his game as he progressed, but by the time he played Borna Coric, everything seemed to be firing, and against Jeremy Chardy this proved to be no exception.
It was a swift start for Evans as he jumped out to a 4-1 lead as Chardy was slow to try and find a way into the match. Starting the second set with an immediate break, it took a further break to love to seal the Frenchman’s fate.
Preview: Evans  v Felix Auger-Aliassime 
Another shot at a maiden title awaits either of these players – for Evans it could be third time’s the charm while Auger-Aliassime is hoping for lucky No. 7 having lost out in his six previous finals.
Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2020)
|H2H:||Dan Evans  (53)||Felix Auger-Aliassime|
|1st Serve %||60||64|
|Service Games Won %||80||84|
|Break Points Saved %||60||67|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won %||51||46|
|Break Points Converted %||41||36|
Auger-Aliassime’s biggest edge is his serve, and this week he has been serving some real bombs. Evans will need all his returning skills firing perfectly to at least try and get into the Canadian’s impressive service games. The serve/forehand combo for the younger player has been instrumental in his rise up the rankings.
Auger-Aliassime is a flair player with crowd-pleasing flashy shots but with that can sometimes come the errors and while he has an all-court game and will come forwards, his volleying can be on the vulnerable side.
Evans will need to be on the move and will have to keep him on the move if he wants to finally get his hands on an ATP title. At ties it has felt that it has been a struggle for him as the British No. 1 – a title would go a long way on cementing his potential to be a solid Top 20 player, but he will need to play out of his skin to get there.
Prediction: Evans in three sets.
Evans and Giron are scheduled third on Margaret Court Arena, not before 2pm (3am GMT).
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