BRITISH No3 Dan Evans feels he is finally starting to fulfill his potential after sweeping into the US Open third round with a superb four-set victory against Bernard Tomic last night.
The 23-year-old recovered from a set and a break down in the second to brush aside the Australian, ranked 52nd in the world – 122 places above Evans.
Evans’s 1-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 win guarantees him at least $93,000 in prize money. However, reaching the third round of a grand slam tournament for the first time in his career gave Evans far greater satisfaction.
“It’s nice that everyone was being so positive and it was good to say it could be done, but it’s even nicer to fulfill it,” he said. “I’m enjoying myself and looking forward to playing again.”
Hoping to join Evans in round three is defending champion Andy Murray, who takes on Leonardo Mayer later today.
The pair may share the same date of birth, but with 28 career titles and 78 world ranking places separating them that is where the similarities end. Mayer does possess a devilish forehand, but has been dogged by back trouble this year and was forced to withdraw from tournaments in Sao Paolo and Indian Wells.
The only previous meeting between the two came in Valencia four years ago, where Murray triumphed in three sets and with scarce difference in physicality, the Scot should have little trouble in reaching round three for the eighth consecutive year.
Britain’s Laura Robson is also in action today against No5 seed Na Li in the first match on Arthur Ashe.