French Open: Tommy Robredo defeats Dan Evans, Ramos-Vinolas & Carreno Busta also advance

Tommy Robredo recovered from a set down to defeat Dan Evans 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to book his place in the second round at the French Open in what is his last tournament with a protected ranking.

Evans has been very public about his dissatisfaction and lack of confidence playing on the clay but any signs of that looked far from his mind as he took a set and a break lead. Robredo did not panic and dug deep to get himself back in the set and once he snatched that he was in command. Breaks were traded but the 35-year-old was always in control and wrapped up the match after two hours and 47 minutes.

Elsewhere on day one at Roland Garros there were victories for three of Robredo’s Spanish compatriots. 19th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas defeated qualifier Marius Copil 6-7(7), 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, while 20th seed Pablo Carreno Busta eliminated Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez upset 26th seed Gilles Muller, winning 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-2. There were also wins for Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi, Mikhail Kukushkin, Taro Daniel and Horacio Zeballos.

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ATP Monte Carlo: Kyle Edmund defeats Dan Evans in battle of the Brits

The opening round at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters saw a battle of the Brits take place out on Court Des Princes as Kyle Edmund got the better of his Davis Cup team mate Dan Evans 7-5, 6-1 in their first meeting on the ATP World Tour.

* Article originally published by me for UBITennis.net *

It was the British number two, Evans, who made the better start, securing a double break and a 4-1 lead after Edmund produced countless unforced errors. However, the British number three was able to steel up his game and his ground strokes began to find the court more frequently. This sparked a comeback from the Brit which would see him win six of the next seven games, 12 of the last 14 games in the match in all, as he wrapped up an in the end comprehensive victory.

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Davis Cup: Wins for Pouille and Chardy give France 2-0 lead over Great Britain in quarterfinal tie

France are in firm control of their Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tie against Great Britain after wining both opening singles rubbers on day one to take a 2-0 lead in Rouen.

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Davis Cup: Canada 1-1 Great Britain – Victories for Evans and Pospisil leave the tie in the balance

It was honours even after day one in the BNP Paribas Davis Cup World Group tie between Canada and Great Britain as both number one’s shone for their country, picking up straight sets wins at the TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Canada.

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US Open: Breakthrough for the Brits

The 2016 US Open was certainly a memorable one for British Tennis, with eight players competing in the main draw, three men reaching the third round in New York for the first time since 1968 and three of the country’s finest progressing to the last 16 of a major for the first time since 1985 (Australian Open).

Kyle Edmund - Reached the fourth round. Photo: Getty
Kyle Edmund – Reached the fourth round. Photo: Getty

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ATP Citi Open: Dan Evans defeats Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets to reach the third round

Dan Evans booked his place in the third round of the Citi Open after a fairly straightforward win over former top 10 player Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour 22 minutes in Washington.

The two players had met once before prior to this meeting, with Dimitrov winning on that occasion in three sets on the grass courts of Eastbourne in 2011.

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ATP Nottingham: Pablo Cuevas fights back to defeat British hope Dan Evans

Pablo Cuevas was just two points away from losing the match as he recovered from a set and a break down to defeat Britain’s Dan Evans 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-4 at the Aegon Open in Nottingham.

This was the pairs first meeting, but Britain’s Evans was on a fine run after defeating Liam Broady in round one and 16th seed Ricardas Berankis yesterday. Meanwhile, Cuevas, seeded second at the tournament, opened his account with a straight sets win over qualifier Stephane Robert 6-4, 7-6(3) in the second round.

Evans starts off slow but finishes strong in the first set

The Brit was under pressure immediately, down 15-40 on serve in the opening game of the match, but the world number 95 found some important first serves to secure the hold. Frustration grew for the Brit in the fourth game after squandering four break point opportunities before receiving a code violation for bad language as Cuevas held. This affected the British number four greatly as he dropped his serve to love before protesting against the decision with the umpire at the sit down.

Evans managed to break back immediately and recovered from 0-30 down in his next service game to move 5-4 in front. The Brit was just two points away from the first set at 15-30 but the second seed responded with a forehand one-two punch winner and an ace to hold. After a hold to love Evans had another look at the Cuevas serve with a 15-30 advantage, but the Uruguayan held firm to take them into a tiebreak, the Brit’s third of the week so far.

Evans secured the first mini break after the second seed’s backhand drifted long. A backhand winner from Cuevas earned him the break back, but a forehand error gave the Brit a 4-2 lead at the change of ends. A double fault from the Brit relinquished his advantage once more, but a couple of errors from the world number 25 secured the set for Evans 7-6(4).

It all started out so well for the British number four. Photo: Getty
It all started out so well for the British number four. Photo: Getty

Cuevas comes back as the Brit misses his opportunity

After both players were holding comfortably on serve, Evans pushed home his advantage in the seventh game after a cross court forehand winner earned him an opening at 0-30. Cuevas recovered to 30-30, but the Brit outlasted the second seed in the next two points to secure the break.

A hold to love moved the British number four just a game away at 5-3 and at 15-30 on his opponents serve he was looking to secure victory. Cuevas denied him the chance after a couple of unreturned first serves, before breaking the Brit as well to move all square at 5-5. The world number 95 was under pressure in the 12th game down 15-30, but held to take us into another tiebreak. The players shared mini breaks at the beginning as they changed ends at 3-3. It was a double fault from Evans at 5-5 which proved to be the definitive factor as the Brit lost the set 7-6(5).

The British number four had a break point chance in the second seed’s opening service game, but the Uruguayan saved it with an ace. Neither player could make any inroads into each others service games until the ninth game as Cuevas forced his opponent into unforced errors to secure a pivotal break. The second seed had no trouble closing out the match and putting the last Brit out of the tournament with a 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-4 win in two hours and 24 minutes.

The Uruguayan goes on to face the ninth seed Marcos Baghdatis in the quarterfinal, after he too came back in his match against the fifth seed Sam Querrey.