• Dan Evans [4] def Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6(5) 6-2
  • Evans v Frances Tiafoe [8] | H2H: Tied at 2-2

 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Dan Evans secured a straight sets win over the tricky Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to set up a quarter-final meeting with Frances Tiafoe in Stockholm.

 

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Dan Evans [4] def Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6(5) 6-2

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Dan Evans is into the last eight in Stockholm after a very impressive victory over top 50 player Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. It was a fairly slow start from Evans though as he went down an early break as the Spaniard produced an aggressive start and a high tempo to the match, taking a 3-2 lead.

However Evans responded well, converting his first break point to level the set at 4-4 producing some clean point construction. In the tense moments of the set, Evans produced some bold patterns of play to deny Davidovich Fokina the chance to serve for the set as he held for 6-5. The Brit had a set point saved in the eleventh game as the opening set went to a tiebreak but it was Evans who was always one step ahead as he took the tiebreak 7-5.

From there the World number 26 went from strength to strength as he dominated the rallies to take a double break lead for 4-0. Davidovich Fokina had the chance to recover one of the breaks but couldn’t convert as Evans eventually sealed victory to book his place in the last eight in Sweden.

 

Dan Evans [4] v Frances Tiafoe [8] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans [4] v Frances Tiafoe [8]

H2H: Tied at 2-2

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Indoor Hard

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Evans will now face eighth seed Frances Tiafoe in the last eight with the American beating the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner in the latter stages of the season.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Hard)

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H2H:

Dan Evans (WR 26)

Frances Tiafoe (WR 41)

Tournament Previous Best

R2 (2019)

N/A

1st Serve %

61.4

58.8

Service Games Won %

79.7

81.2

Break Points Saved %

64.8

61.7

2nd Serve Return Points Won %

50.8

52

Break Points Converted %

40.9

40

Evans narrowly leads the statistics heading into this match but will have to be wary of Tiafoe’s clutch serve on big points.

 

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Playing Styles and Prediction

Tiafoe has had a really consistent end to the season and most recently managed to put it together by reaching the final in Vienna by beating Diego Schwartzman,  Sinner and  Tsitsipas. The American’s deadly serve and forehand has allowed for more effective point construction as the American eyes an Australian Open seeding place.

Evans’ slice will be effective in this type of match but it’s just about how often he is able to implement his style on a powerful Tiafoe. Therefore the Brit will also need to be patient and at times commit to a more aggressive style of play. This match will see lots of entertaining rallies with this match being too close to call.

Prediction: Tiafoe in three sets.  

 

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