Dan Evans breezes past Kyle Edmund in all-British clash in Washington to secure his place in the third round at the Citi Open
- Dan Evans secured his place in the third round at the Citi Open on Tuesday
- The 32-year-old beat fellow Briton Kyle Edmund in straight-set to progress
- The 16th seed won 6-1 6-2 in a little more than an hour in Washington, DC
- He will now face either America’s Taylor Fritz or Australian Alexei Popyrin
Dan Evans gave Kyle Edmund a painful reminder last night that it is going to be a long road back to the top after his lengthy enforced absence from tennis.
The all-GB clash at the Citi Open in Washington DC saw the British number two cruise to a 6-1 6-2 second round win in only 63 minutes.
Flurries of unforced errors and a modest serving percentage sealed Edmund’s fate, although just being back on court this week is a victory in itself after prolonged struggles.
Dan Evans (above) managed to secure his place in the third round at the Citi Open on Tuesday
For the 27 year-old from Yorkshire this week is his first time back in an event on the main ATP Tour since October 2020.
He described himself as ‘grateful’ to be competing again, having contemplated the prospect of retirement earlier this year after failing to see any improvement in the knee problems that have dogged him since 2019.
In that time he has undergone three surgeries, and it was only after the last procedure in early spring that he felt able to return to the court, managing to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon.
The 32-year-old beat fellow Briton Kyle Edmund (above) in straight-set to progress through
He qualified for a Challenger in Canada last week but this was a considerable step up. It is clear he has a lot of ringrust to shed as he prepares for the US Open later this month, which he can enter with a dispensation available to those coming back from long term injuries.
Currently his ranking is down at a lowly 639, a far cry from the number 14 he reached in 2018 after making the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
Evans was clinical and keen to put behind him his first round Wimbledon disappointment.
Emma Raducanu was due to be in action overnight against American Julia Chirico. In the early hours of Tuesday she played what was her first ever doubles match at professional level, teaming with Denmark’s Clara Tauson in losing 6-4 6-1 to the experienced Lucie Hradecka and Monica Niculescu.
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