Smith expects Evans progression

23 April 2021 02:47:57 GMTPlus10

Great Britain's Davis Cup captain Leon Smith believes Dan Evans is moving in a "good direction" and is confident his compatriot can break into the top 20 in the world rankings.

Improving Briton Evans is fresh from having been knocked out of the ATP Barcelona by Frenchman Corentin Moutet 6-4 5-7 6-3 but has enjoyed a strong start to 2021 overall.

The 30-year-old claimed his first ever ATP Tour title at the Murray River Open in Melbourne earlier in the year, beating Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final, before reaching the semi-finals of the ATP Monte Carlo last week.

Evans lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last four but had made headlines earlier in the tournament when beating world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

The Briton still has plenty of work to do but his Davis Cup captain Smith has waxed lyrical about his performances and has backed him to improve on his current world ranking of 26, whether that be on clay, grass or hard courts.

Speaking about the recent performances of Evans, Smith said: "He'll get so much confidence.

"It'll benefit him whether he has even more good results on the clay or whether that starts to come to fruition on the grass or the US hard-court swing. I think he's just moving in such a good direction.

"He's got to look to get to that top-20 stage, which he absolutely can do. He's in a really good position, both singles and doubles."

Meanwhile, Daniel Evans is 101.00 to win the 2021 French Open.

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