US Open 2021: Dan Evans beats Marcos Giron to reach third round

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Dan Evans has lost in the US Open third round three times, including in 2013 and 2016.

US Open 2021 Venue Flushing Meadows New York Date: 30-08-12 September Coverage

British number one Dan Evans reached the third round at Flushing Meadows, despite the rain. This was his best performance at US Open.

After a match that was twice halted by rain, Evans won 6-4 7-6 (7-3), 2-6 6-3 against American hopeful Marcos Giron.

The 24th seed will play Alexei Popyrin from Australia, who defeated Grigor Dimitrov (15th seed) in the third round.

Evans is the last hope for the British in the men's singles. Emma Raducanu, a teenager, remains in the women's draw.

Raducanu (18) plays China's Zhang Shuai (ranked 49th in world rankings) in her second round match on Thursday.

Covid's struggles are overthrown by Emotional Evans

Evans lost his first four sets against Thiago Monteiro of Brazil. However, he was more comfortable in cooler and wetter conditions on Wednesday.

Evans hasn't played much since catching Covid-19 last week and said that he hopes the struggle against Monteiro was due to the inability to get enough time in his legs.

Greg Rusedski, a former British number one, stated that the first set was his best since beating Novak Djokovic at Monte Carlo in April.

Evans, who beat Giron to the world number 64 spot, felt emotional and said that it was difficult for him to overcome Covid.

"It was a great effort to keep going, if not so myself, and improve my physical condition. This win was huge."

He looked energetic and determined from the beginning against Giron.

Evans won the opener by breaking his opponent's serve in game one.

Evans won the first set despite being broken in the second set. He continued to serve well and took a two-set advantage.

Although not his greatest weapon, Evans landed almost 70% of the first serves in the second set. This allowed Evans to score a lot of points and Giron was confused by Briton's sliced backhand.

Giron was unable to solve the problem even after a 40-minute rain delay at 4-3 in set 2.

Evans's lapse in concentration at the beginning of the third set allowed Giron a chance to establish a foothold with an earlier break. After another short rain delay, the set was quickly overtaken by the Briton.

The fourth set was served until Giron was broken for 5-4 after Evans signaled that he wanted to take a medical break for a toe injury.

Evans claimed that his toe was "stuck" after he slid. He continued playing without any treatment and won the match with a serve-volley.

Evans stated, "I started the third set straight away on the back foot and it just rolled."

"I reset and realized that I only needed a third set. I played well and was happy with my game, especially how aggressively I served.