Indian Wells: Dan Evans earns hard-fought win over Kei Nishikori

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Evans is number 22 on the men's global rankings

British number one Dan Evans defeated Kei Nishikori in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters.

Evans won a break and was able to level the match at 3-3 against Japan in the first set. However, he lost his serve again to go down a set.

After a brilliant flicked backhand down his line, he won the second set.

Evans, 31, broke when his opponent won a forehand. He then closed out the game.

At the beginning of the third set, the Briton needed to prove his fighting skills when he faced two breakpoints at 15-40 and he did so by holding to 1-1.

Evans was also subject to two break points during the match, but he held his nerve and won the hard-fought match in 2 hours and 48 minutes.

After American Maxime Cressy was defeated 6-2 3-6 7-5, he will face Diego Schwartzman in round 2.

British number two Cameron Norrie will face American Tennys Sandersgren in round 2 in California later Saturday.