• Dan Evans v Andrey Rublev [10]
  • H2H split 2-2 including at Challenger level
NEW YORK, USA – British No. 1 Dan Evans will take on No. 10 seed Andrey Rublev in his opening round at the Western & Southern Open.

 

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Dan Evans v Andrey Rublev [10] | H2H split 2-2 including at Challenger level

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After winning the first Battle of the Brits and putting himself forward as the chief cheer-leader of the Team Event, it is time for the British No. 1 Dan Evans to resume life on the tour.

Up first for him is the 10th seed Andrey Rublev, and there is a sense of irony that the pair’s tour encounters (having split honours at an ATP Challenger level in the past) have both come this year, with Evans evening up the score in their last tour-level event in Dubai.

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Rublev, who has been practicing with former World No. 1 Andy Murray, plays a very solid offensive baseline game and backs that up capably with a big forehand – in particular his running forehand can be a huge winner for him. However, it can break down, and his brand of aggressive play can bring on a steady stream of errors.

Evans’ versatility is key, but he always has had a tendency to get himself distracted if the pressure gets to him, but hopefully the thrill of getting back on the competition court is enough to get the competitive juices going.

Rublev opened his 2020 with two straight titles, and arguably comes into this the favourite having jumped up the rankings, and he spent lockdown playing on the ill-fated Adria tour and Dominic Thiem’s domestic exhibition.

Prediction: Evans in three sets.

Evans & Rublev are scheduled second on Court 17, not before 12:30pm (5:30pm BST)

 

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