The 25th seeded Lucas Pouille of France will play Dan Evans of Great Britain in the second round of the US Open on Wednesday, August 28. The match is yet to be scheduled. You can find the Lucas Pouille v Dan Evans live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Lucas Pouille v Dan Evans Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 25-year-old Frenchman, and Evans, four years his senior.
Pouille, Plagued by Inconsistency
A top ten player as recently as two years ago, Pouille has since been dogged by inconsistency, and his ranking has suffered accordingly.
2019 is a case in point. He started the year in impressive fashion, reaching the semi-finals in Melbourne, before losing to Novak Djokovic. However, after that he embarked on a long series of early departures from tournaments, although he did take time out to drop down to the Challenger tour and contest the event in his native Bordeaux, which he subsequently won.
He then struggled in both the European clay and grass court seasons, before finding some semblance of form again in Cincinnati, where he reached the quarter-finals, beating Karen Khachanov along the way, until his progress was halted by that man Djokovic again.
However, he had a good first round win here on Monday against the seasoned German competitor, Philipp Kohlschreiber, beating the world number 71 in four sets.
Evans Desperate to Reach the Next Level
After sitting out a year following a drugs ban, Evans has enjoyed something of a late career renaissance. This year he has won two ATP Challenger tour titles – the pre-Wimbledon warm-up events in Surbiton and Nottingham, finished runner-up in a third, whilst, on the senior circuit, he was the beaten finalist in Delray Beach, losing to Radu Albot of Moldova.
He has now returned to the same ranking level as he had prior to the ban, but that is not enough for the 29-year old Britain, who knows that time is not on his side if he wants to reach the next level of the game.
Prior to the Washington Open he took the decision to fire David Feldgate, the coach who helped guide him back to the top, convinced that he needs to start playing a more aggressive type of game in the future, rather than stick to the baseline.
Britain’s Davis Cup captain Leon Smith was courtside for his opening round match against the battle-hardened Adrian Mannarino, and he did not appeared to have caused any harm to Evans’ prospects, as he recorded an encouraging four-set win over a tough opponent.
Pouille v Evans Predictions & Tips
Pouille, as the higher ranked and seeded player, is the odds-on favourite to win this match at 3/5, whilst Evans is priced at 11/8. Despite that, this is likely to be a close and evenly fought match, and, given Pouille’s problems with consistency, Evans may well pull off a surprise here.
Tip: Evans to win in four sets: 4/1 (888Sport)