• Dan Evans [22] def Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-3 6-4
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LONDON, ENGLAND – Dan Evans is into the third round of Wimbledon without dropping as set as he faces Sebastian Korda next.

 

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Dan Evans [22] def Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-3 6-4

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Dan Evans is into the third round of Wimbledon for a second successive time after easing past Dusan Lajovic in straight sets. This match was all about two one-handed backhands against each other with Evans having the upper-hand tactically with his slice. Both players broke early as Evans looked to dictate play early but made a couple of unforced errors on his own service game. Eventually though the Brit took advantage of some short serves from the Serbian and broke in two consecutive return games towards the end of the set.

After taking the opening set, Evans continued to test Lajovic’s defensive skills with the world number 42 only just about holding onto his serve. Evans’ ability to neutralise the points proved to be a key factor in this match and the Brit converted the only break point of the set to break in the sixth game. Evans sealed the second set in 33 minutes to take a two set to love lead.

Once again in the third set, Evans continued to produce a sensational balance of variety and power as he broke twice for a 5-2 lead. However Lajovic managed to get one of the breaks back and save two match points to hold as he reduced the deficit to 5-4. But Evans sealed victory with a thumping volley to secure an entertaining win in front of a packed Court 1 crowd and book his place in the last 32.

 

Dan Evans [22] v Sebastian Korda H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Dan Evans [25] v Sebastian Korda

H2H: First Meeting

Wimbledon

London, England

Grass (O)

Prize Money: £115,000

Second on Centre Court, not before 3pm BST

BBC Sport

In the third round Evans will face in-form big-serving American Sebastian Korda on Friday.

 

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

H2H:

Dan Evans (WR 26)

Sebastian Korda (WR 50)

Tournament Previous Best

R3 (2016, 2019)

N/A

1st Serve %

60.4

66.5

Service Games Won %

93.4

83.5

Break Points Saved %

86.7

68.7

2nd Serve Return Points Won %

51.2

50.8

Break Points Converted %

59.1

23.9

Statistically Evans’ ability to be clutch under pressure is much better than his opponents however improving the first serve percentage may be necessary if he wants to continue winning matches in straight sets.

 

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Playing Styles and Prediction

Korda has had an impressive breakthrough season having won his first career title in Parma on the clay a couple of months ago. The American’s big serve mixed with his powerful groundstrokes ensure that he is tough to beat and his movement is impressive for someone of his height.

The Brit will need to make as many returns as possible if he wants to secure victory, with his serve firing already at SW19 it is hard to see how the 22nd seed can be stopped on his mission to reach the second week of his home grand slam for the first time in his career.

Prediction: Evans in straight sets.

 

As Evans made the last 32 it was less positive news for wildcard Liam Broady who went out to the ninth seed Diego Schwartzman. After taking the first set, Broady went out to the Argentinian 4-6 6-2 6-1 6-4 in 3 hours and 16 minutes.

 

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