Dan Evans made an outstanding return to life on the ATP Tour as he beat world No 14 Andrey Rublev in three models on the Western & Southern Open in New York on Sunday.
The British No 1 secured his spot inside the second spherical with a 7-5 3-6 6-2 win over the tenth seed.
It was their third meeting of the 12 months and Evans moved 2-1 up inside the score rely after two hours and 32 minutes of movement in New York.
It took the world No 28 three breaks sooner than he would possibly protected the opening set, nevertheless it was the Russian who received right here out of the blocks quickest inside the subsequent.
After Rublev had levelled, the decider immediately went the best way during which of Evans who established a 3-Zero lead sooner than he closed out to rearrange a second-round meeting with Milos Raonic.
“I’m happy with how I carried out inside the third, it was truly deserved and some good tennis as successfully,” Evans instructed Amazon Prime.
“It’s going to perhaps be quite much less bodily match [against Raonic] which is good, nevertheless I spent a great deal of day journey proper right here, so it’s going to be troublesome.
“All people is conscious of how good he’s and I will be attempting to place my recreation on the court docket docket and try to beat him.”
Evans was the second British participant to reach the second spherical in New York after Andy Murray defeated Frances Tiafoe on Saturday.
The duo would possibly meet inside the closing 16 if two-time Wimbledon winner Murray can stun fifth-seed Alexander Zverev on Monday.
Fourth-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas moved into the ultimate 16 with an emphatic 6-1 6-Three win over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.
Anderson had crushed Britain’s Kyle Edmund in three models on Saturday nevertheless had no reply to Tsitsipas, with the Greek 22-year-old needing solely 69 minutes to progress.
Belgian seventh-seed David Goffin was the alternative participant through to the ultimate 16 on Sunday, beating Croatia’s Borna Coric 7-6 (6) 6-4.
Prime women’s seeds tumble out
The occasion misplaced its prime two women’s seeds on Sunday with No 1 Karolina Pliskova and No 2 Sofia Kenin crashing out.
Czech Pliskova, who had a first-round bye, slammed down 11 aces however as well as devoted 9 double faults in a 7-5 6-Four defeat to Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova.
Australian Open champion Kenin moreover struggled to get going after the coronavirus lay-off, shedding 6-1 7-6 (9-7) to France’s Alize Cornet.
The New York occasion is serving as a warm-up event for players ahead of the US Open, which begins on August 31.
Don’t forget to look at us on skysports.com/tennis, our Twitter account @skysportstennis & Sky Sports activities actions – on the go! Obtainable to acquire now on – iPhone & iPad and Android