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Good Evans becomes great as he takes out Nishikori!

26th August 2013
What? a male British tennis player not only qualifying for the US Open, but winning a first round match....... and he’s not our favourite Scot!

It was with some resignation that I watched Sky yesterday afternoon to see if Dan Evans would put up a “plucky British performance” in the first round at Flushing Meadows. But, hang on a minute he’s up against the best in Japan, Kei Nishikori who was seeded 11 after another very impressive year, so if the Brit could get to a tie break or two that would be respectable.

After looking a little shaky, Dan (ranked 179) came through to win the first set 6-4 and then demolished the seeded player in an extraordinary straight sets victory. Nishikori certainly didn’t look injured, but he did have a look of astonishment as Evans feisty game overwhelmed him.

Dan’s past misdemeanors have been well documented, but what a player he is! He appears to be incredibly competitive and nerveless and his 5ft 8in frame delivers some amazing power.

Further progress may be short lived as his next opponent is the impressive Aussie Bernard Tomic; but, with his confidence and bank balance at an all time high, Dan will come out fighting!
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