By Alessandro Mastroluca
- Yoshihito Nishioka def. Dan Evans 6-4 6-3 6-4
- The Brit admitted his opponent managed the windy conditions better than him
- He aims to change his schedule to arrive fresher to the next big tournaments of the season
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Dan Evans hit 39 unforced errors in his straight-sets defeat to Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in a windy day at the Australian Open.
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Dan Evans, seeded for the first time in a Grand Slam tournament, admitted Yoshihito Nishioka handled the blustery conditions better than he did after his 6-4 6-3 6-4 defeat at the Australian Open second round.
The Brit No.1 got just 60% of his first serves in and committed 39 unforced errors against the quick and solid Japanese, who reached the third round for the first time in a major. In the opening sets, he looked to suffer the consequences of the comeback victory from two sets down in the first round. He struggled physically and confirmed, in his post-match interview, he’s planning to change his schedule in the future to arrive fresher at the biggest tournaments.
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In his interview to Eurosport, he said Nishioka simply played better than him and deserved to win.
“He chases everything down on my backhand side and I find it difficult to play him. It’s frustrating but that is what makes him such a good player. He frustrates players. I have to look back (at the start of the 2020 season] and be happy with how it’s gone. I’ve played a lot of matches and I have to put it in perspective. It’s been a good run so far so time to get home and rest up”.
Play continues at the Australian Open on Day Four at 11am (Midnight GMT).
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