• Dan Evans [24] def Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4 6-1
  • Evans v Marcos Giron | H2H: Evans leads 1-0
NEW YORK, USA – Dan Evans edged past Thiago Monteiro in four sets in humid New York conditions to set up a second round meeting with Marcos Giron.

 

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Dan Evans [24] def Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4 6-1

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Dan Evans edged to a four set victory over Thiago Monteiro to reach the second round at the US Open. The Brit was the better player from the start of the match as he used his slice to dictate points against the gritty Brazilian. After seeing five break points come and go, a clean backhand down the line clinched the crucial break for Evans in the eighth game for a 5-3 lead. A hold to love secured the opening set as the Brit was in cruise control.

The second set saw Monteiro play much better and be much more aggressive as he converted his fifth break point for a 3-1 lead. After a slow start to the set, Evans eventually managed to get the break back as he found more rhythm on return. An entertaining set would go to a tiebreak which Monteiro edged 8-6 to level the match at one set all.

That was when Evans was starting to struggle with the New York heat and humidity which saw him see the doctor. At one point it looked like Evans was going to retire but the Brit hung on and played the rest of the match. The third set saw both players look comfortable on serve until the 10th game where Evans increased his intensity and level with a forehand winner securing the crucial break and the set.

From then on it was all about the Brit who remained aggressive and clinical as two early break clinched victory and a place in the second round.

 

Dan Evans [24] v Marcos Giron H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans [24] v Marcos Giron

H2H: Evans leads 1-0

US Open

New York, USA

Hard (O)

Prize Money: $115,000

First on Court 10 at 11am (4pm BST)

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Next up for Evans will be American Marcos Giron who beat French qualifier Antoine Hoang in the first round.

 

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

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H2H:

Dan Evans (WR 27)

Marcos Giron (WR 64)

Tournament Previous Best

R3 (2013, 2016, 2019)

R2 (2020)

1st Serve %

60.3

59.7

Service Games Won %

80.1

80

Break Points Saved %

66.9

61.5

2nd Serve Return Points Won %

51.8

50.6

Break Points Converted %

43.4

40.2

All the statistics are slightly in favour of Evans but the Brit will need to improve his serving statistics if he wants to seal a place in the last 32.

 

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Playing Styles and Prediction

Giron has had an inconsistent season but heads into the US Open with some confidence after reaching the quarter-finals in Winston-Salem. The American has a big game and likes to dictate points with his forehand which is something Evans will need to be wary of on Wednesday.

If Evans can get his first service stats in the 70% range and can use his slice effectively then this should be a straightforward match for the Brit. But with Evans struggling with the heat in his last match and Giron liking the fast courts at his home grand slam, anything can happen.

Prediction: Evans in four sets.

 

Carlos Alcaraz def Cameron Norrie [26] 6-4 6-4 6-3

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As Evans thinks about the second round, Cameron Norrie is not after a surprise straight sets loss to talented Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz. The 18 year-old fired 38 winners past the Brit in his straight sets win.

In the first set, Alcaraz broke in the ninth game to all but seal the opening set. The Brit would then be broken five times combined in the next two sets as his successful grand slam season ends in a first round exit in New York. As for Alcaraz he will now play Arthur Rinderknech in the second round on Wednesday.

 

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