No. 22 seed Daniel Evans of Britain will face three-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the in the first round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Monday, June 28. Get the live streaming options of this Daniel Evans v Feliciano Lopez match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daniel Evans v Feliciano Lopez Head to Head
Lopez has won their only previous meeting, winning the first round match at the Australian Open in 2016.
Evans Carries British Hopes
World No. 26 Daniel Evans is 2-1 on grass this season. The British No. 1 defeated Alexei Popyrin and Adrian Mannarino to reach the quarterfinals at Queen’s, but failed to progress further after going down to Matteo Berrettini in straight sets.
He played at the Nottingham Challenger as well, reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Denis Kudla.
The 31-year-old has a 14-11 record this year, which includes his maiden ATP title success at the Murray River Open. Evans, who lost in the finals in Sydney in 2017 and at Delray Beach in 2019, finally won his first title after he defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final of the ATP 250 in Melbourne earlier this year.
In another massive achievement this year, Evans defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic en-route a first-ever Masters 1000 semifinal at Monte-Carlo. Having never gone past the second round of a Masters 1000 event, Evans defeated Dusan Lajovic and Hubart Hurkacz in the first two rounds, before stunning Djokovic with a 6-4, 7-5 win.
Evans then defeated David Goffin in the quarterfinals but fell to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals.
Evans also reached the third round in Madrid for the first time. He, however, faced disappointing first-round defeats in both the majors this year, falling to Cameron Norrie in Melbourne and Miomir Kecmanovic in Paris.
At Wimbledon, this will be his sixth main draw appearance. Evans has reached the third round twice (in 2016 and 2019), but hasn’t gone beyond that stage. In 2019, Evans defeated Federico Delbonis and Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first two rounds but lost to Joao Sousa in a five-set Round of 32 encounter.
At 39, Lopez Remains a Threat on Grass
Facing Evans in the first round will be 39-year-old Feliciano Lopez, who became the 10th player in history to win 500 career matches this week. The Spanish left-hander scored a comeback win over sixth seed Karen Khachanov in the second round in Mallorca to achieve the milestone.
Lopez was eventually beaten by Adrian Mannarino in the Mallorcan quarterfinal. This was his best performance on grass this season as he won one and lost one in Stuttgart and Queen’s and both those defeats were handed to him by Denis Shapovalov.
Ranked 90th in the world, the former World No. 12 has won seven titles in his career and finished runner-up on 11 occasions. Six of those finals were on grass and he won two Queen’s and two Eastbourne titles.
Lopez has an 8-12 record this season. He will be playing in the main draw at the All England Club for a 19th time in his career, and has been a quarterfinalist thrice (in 2005, 2008 and 2011).
In 2019, Lopez beat Marcos Giron to reach the second round but was stopped from advancing further by Karen Khachanov.
Evans v Lopez Prediction and Tip
This is a very tricky opener for Evans. The Brit has a superior record from the earlier tournaments this year and will be expected to advance. But beating the vastly experience Lopez on grass will be a huge challenge and the Spaniard can cause an early upset.