Defending champion Roger Federer will look to continue his march towards another Grand Slam title when he takes on Daniel Evans in his second round match at the 2019 Australian Open.
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Federer Continues Impressive Run Down Under
Defending champion Roger Federer got his 2019 Australian Open campaign off to a strong start, defeating Uzbek Denis Istomin in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in under two hours. While Federer’s performance had some room for improvement, the six time champion was pleased with how he got his campaign for his seventh Melbourne title going.
Federer did not face any break points on his serve, which he protected well; although his first serve percentage was lower than he would have ideally hoped for.
A break in each of the three sets was sufficient and as the match progressed, Federer displayed some of his repertoire of shots.
Istomin gave it all he had, but was never able to get into the Swiss’ service games. There were periods during the match that Istomin was able to hang with Federer, but eventually succumbed to his far more experienced opponent.
Federer’s second round opponent is British qualifier Daniel Evans
Evans: Can the ‘Bad Boy’ of British Tennis Spring an Upset?
British player Daniel Evans, once ranked in the top 50 on the ATP circuit, is now ranked outside of the top 500. Once looked upon as being “extremely talented and promising”, and winning the LTA Male Junior Player of the Year in 2008, Evans’ career has unfortunately run into disciplinary issues, largely due to his off-court behavior.
The most notable incident being his 12-month ban, in April 2017, after testing positive for cocaine. Such recurring incidents got him the unwanted nickname of the “Bad Boy of British Tennis”.
Evans’ has been part of successful British Davis Cup teams and is well remembered for his 2nd round victory against Marin Cilic in the 2017 Australian Open.
Evans made the round of 16 that year, his best Grand Slam result. Since his return on the circuit after serving out his ban, Evans’ insists his behavior is more controlled, and is still regarded as someone who has ‘talent’, being someone who hits the ball out of the middle of the racket with immense ease.
Evans entered the Australian Open draw, winning his qualifiers, and subsequently beating a Japanese qualifier in the first round on the opening day of the Open.
Federer v Evans – Head to Head
Roger Federer and Daniel Evans have met once on the ATP circuit, at the 2016 Wimbledon round of 32. Federer won that comfortably in straight sets. 2016 was also the year Evans was rising through the ATP rankings.
Federer v Evans – Who Will Win?
Evans certainly has the talent to challenge the best. However, given that Evans is still making his comeback on the circuit, and Federer in Melbourne in recent years, has been close to his best, it seems unlikely that Evans can cause much trouble to the Swiss. Federer to win in three comfortable sets.
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