Britain’s Daniel Evans will face Austrian youngster Jurij Rodionov in the second round of the 2020 Vienna Open on Thursday, October 29. The match begins at around 5.30 pm local time (5.30 pm BST or 12.30 pm Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Daniel Evans v Jurij Rodionov match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daniel Evans v Jurij Rodionov Head to Head
The two have played each other twice at all levels, once on the Challenger circuit and the second time at the Australian Open. The first match came at the Loughborough Challenger, which saw Rodionov defeat Evans in straight sets in the round of 16 before the Brit had his revenge at the Australian Open 2019 qualifiers in a tough three-setter.
Evans made it to the second round of this competition following the retirement of Aljaz Bedene, a former Brit himself, in the second set of their match because of a thigh injury. The Brit led by a set and was serving to stay in the set at 4-5 when Bedene made a call he couldn’t continue to allow Evans a passage into the next round.
This win follows Evans’ solid showing at the European Open last week where he defeated Frances Tiafoe in the second round and then shocked Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinal to register a semifinal berth for just the second time this season. He had earlier made it that far in Dubai before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
What does make things interesting is Evans’ record indoors across different levels has been excellent. Earlier this year, he had won the Battle of the Brits title indoors, defeating five different opponents including Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund to lift the title.
Evans had also made it to the quarterfinal of the Rotterdam Open and add a few solid performances at the Challengers into this, we are probably looking at a player extremely confident on these kind of surfaces. A quarterfinal spot beckons for the Brit.
Rodionov Rides Past Shapovalov
While a defeat at the hands of the 153rd-ranked wild-card would be utterly disappointing for the 12th-ranked Denis Shapovalov, it also opens things up for Jurij Rodionov.
The Austrian, who had started off as 6/1 to win his opener, pocketed the match in straight sets to enter the second round of the tournament for the second time in three competitions, having done the same as a qualifier in the French Open.
Rodionov, who began the season with a trophy at the indoor courts of the Dallas Challenger, came back from a break down in the first set to win 6-4, 7-5 against Shapovalov.
He broke back in the eighth game to level the proceedings before overturning a game-point off the next Shapovalov serve to break the Canadian and win the set.
In the second, Rodionov’s serve proved to be too hot to handle for his opponent, with the Austrian losing just seven points on it. And when it was Shapovalov’s chance to serve at 5-6 to stay in the match, Jurij broke him at love to steer himself into the second round.
Evans v Rodionov Prediction and Tip
It’s the kind of confidence one can get from a win like the one Rodionov achieved in his opener which can take a player places. While he is 5/2 to win this match we think he will run Evans very close and we can see the Austrian win at least a set here.
Tip: Rodionov to win a set – Yes: 10/11 (bet365)