- Dan Evans came through two matches on a stacked schedule, defeating both Marcos Giron and Borna Coric
- Dan Evans  v Jeremy Chardy
- H2H: First Meeting
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – It was third match’s the charm as Dan Evans hit a consistent streak after two scratchy performances, to reach the semi-finals of the Murray Road Open.
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H2H & Match Fundamentals
|Dan Evans  v Jeremy Chardy||H2H: Chardy leads 1-0|
|ATP 250: Murray River Open SF||Melbourne, Australia|
|Hard (O)||Prize Money: $7,400|
|Scheduled second on Court 6, not before 2:30pm (3:30am GMT)||Tennis TV/Eurosport Player if available
Recap: Dan Evans  def. Marcos Giron 6-4 7-6(4)
There was still evidence of the rust on show in Dan Evans‘s opening match, as he battled past Marcos Giron, having had to save three break points before finally getting the upper hand and breaking the American.
The pair traded a brace of breaks a couple of times in the second set with Evans able to respond to falling behind immediately before running away with the tie-break at the end, with a suitable amount of time for a rest before having to face Borna Coric.
Recap: Evans  v Borna Coric  7-5 7-6(1)
It was another tough battle, but overall a more accomplished performance by Evans as he defeated the No. 4 seed. Coric was the first to put pressure on Evans towards the tail end of the first set but Evans took his chances a couple of games later, breaking for the lead before serving out for the first set.
Coric had to really fight to save himself from going behind early in the second set, and even had a set point towards the end of the second set before being completely dominated in the tie-break.
Preview: Evans  v Jeremy Chardy
France’s Jeremy Chardy arrives by way of a walkover after Stan Wawrinka pulled out, following his third-round win, and although he leads in their head-to-head, it came on the clay – hardly the best surface for the British No. 1.
Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2020)
|H2H:||Dan Evans  (53)||Jeremy Chardy|
|1st Serve %||60||62|
|Service Games Won %||80||72|
|Break Points Saved %||60||65|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won %||51||51|
|Break Points Converted %||41||24|
Chardy is a slightly more effective server, so it will be key for Evans to try and hang on the end of his serving to get himself in the points. Chardy will look to batter the call from the back of the court and his game does tend to revolve around is forehand before coming in to polish things off at the net.
Overall, despite a couple of rusty matches, Evans really came into his own against Coric, and he will look to move Chardy all around the court and not just allow him to dominate with a big serve-volley combo.
It was a far more encouraging second match on a long day for players given Thursday’s cancellation, and the momentum should see Evans through, despite Chardy only playing once.
Prediction: Evans in three sets.
Evans and Giron are scheduled second on Court 3, not before 2:30pm (3:30am GMT).
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