Evans pleased with Indian Wells fightback

10 October 2021 22:37:59 GMTPlus11
Evans takes down Nishikori

Britain's Dan Evans says he is happy to have come through "a good, tough match" against Kei Nishikori to reach the third round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.

Evans is 1/1 to win the tournament in California while his compatriot Cameron Norrie is 3/1 after booking his place in round three with a 6-4 5-7 6-0 victory over American Tennys Sandgren.

Brit takes down Nishikori

Japan's Nishikori, runner-up in the 2014 US Open and a former world number four, was a tricky second-round opponent for Evans, having won three of their previous four meetings.

The British player's only victory over Nishikori came at the 2013 US Open but he arrived at this tournament in good heart after reaching the fourth round of the New York Grand Slam event last month.

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Evans kept his composure despite losing the first set 4-6, coming back to win the next two sets 6-3 and 6-4 despite struggling with a toe injury.

Evans happy to progress

Norrie also needed three sets to get past Sandgren although he took the decider 6-0 to set up a third-round clash with 15th seed Roberto Bautista-Agut. Evans's next assignment is against the experienced Argentinian Diego Schwartzman.

Speaking on Amazon Prime Video after the win over Nishikori, Evans admitted: "The heart sinks a bit when I see Kei's name waiting to come through. The conditions don't really bother me. I quite like it, but it was a tough draw.

"It was satisfying how I dealt with a bit of adversity after the first set and missed a few chances to get up, so it was nice to come through in a good, tough match."

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