By Ros Satar, in Melbourne

  • Roger Federer [3] v Dan Evans [Q]
  • H2H: Federer leads 2-0 (Includes Hopman Cup)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Dan Evans will face defending champion Roger Federer for a spot in the third round of the Australian Open.

 

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Roger Federer [3] v Dan Evans [Q] | H2H: Federer leads 2-0 (Includes Hopman Cup)

There seems to be no end to the numbers of lives Dan Evans has had in his career. No doubt a prestigious talent, he has been guilty in his early career of not making the kinds of sacrifices that he could have/should have done to get further.

Any time he has buckled down and made that commitment to the sport he has seen the results, more recently making his first ATP title in Sydney in 2017 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 41 in the world. Then he threw all that away after testing positive for cocaine.

There was little sympathy for him in the tennis world – it was yet another example of the boorish behaviour we are often treated to. So, is this time any different?

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Evans was left to the devices of one journalist who took one for the team while everyone was watching Andy Murray give it his all – and when you look at the sacrifices, power and spirit of the man as he came from two sets down to close out quite possibly the final match of his career- we are left to wonder just what Evans could achieve if he puts his mind to it.

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Evans is an aggressive baseliner and although he might not be the tallest guy out there he moves extremely well, and against the older Roger Federer – his best chance will be keeping one of the world’s best all-court players on his immaculate toes. Evans tends not to attack as much as he could for someone of his nimbleness, and we know Federer is fond of exploiting every trick in his repertoire.

What we can hope is that Evans takes a leaf out of the outgoing Murray’s playbook, and never gives up until the last minute, and that he gives it everything he has to at least stay in contention with Federer.

Prediction: Federer in straight sets.

Evans & Federer are scheduled on Rod Laver Arena, not before 2pm (3am GMT).

 

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