Dan Evans of Great Britain will play Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan in the first round of the ATP Washington Open on Monday, July 29. The match is scheduled from 3 pm local time (9 pm BST) and you can find the Dan Evans v Yoshihito Nishioka live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Dan Evans v Yoshihito Nishioka Head to Head
The pair have played each other once before in the Atlanta Open in 2016, with the Japanese player clinching a tense three set match on a tie-breaker.
Evans, Continuing Career Renaissance
Formerly known as the “bad boy” of British tennis, Evans has enjoyed something of a career renaissance since returning to the ATP senior tour after serving a one year ban for illegal drug use.
This year he has won two back-to-back Challenger Tour events – at Surbiton and Nottingham – helping him climb back towards the world top fifty, regaining the same status in the game he had prior to the ban. He also reached the quarter-final in Eastbourne before losing to compatriot Kyle Edmund.
Now back on the North American hard court circuit, he had some success in Atlanta last week, reaching the quarter-final before losing to Reilly Opelka, the man who ended the challenge in that event of John Isner. He will be hoping for another good run in Washington as he prepares for the two Masters events to come, and the US Open.
Nishioka, Japanese Number Two
World number 73 Nishioka is the second highest ranked male Japanese player after Kei Nishikori. The 23-year-old has already claimed one senior ATP title – the 2018 Shenzhen Open – and also has five victories on the Challenger tour to his name, the most recent of which came in Gimchen, South Korea, last May.
Significantly perhaps for the 2014 Asian Games gold medallist, all but one of those triumphs came on hard courts like Washington.
2019 has not been his best year on tour to date, and you have to go all the way back to Sydney in January to find his best run in any tournament, when he reached the quarter finals. He has not played since the first round of Wimbledon, where he went down in five sets to Janko Tipsarevic of Croatia.
Evans v Nishioka Predictions & Tips
Evans is the odds on favourite to win this match at 6/17 whilst Nishioka is priced at 54/19. Whilst Nishioka may have won the previous meeting between the two, Evans is now higher ranked and in much the better form. It will be a surprise if he does not win and progress to the second round.
Tip: Evans to win in straight sets: 5/6 (888Sport)