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Madrid Open: Dan Evans defeats Jeremy Chardy to make winning start to campaign in Spanish capital |  Tennis News


Dan Evans beat Jeremy Chardy for the third time this year to reach the second round of the Madrid Open; Britain’s No.1 lost in the first round in his only previous Masters appearance in 2017

Last updated: 03/05/21 16:45 pm

Dan Evans managed a hat-trick over Jeremy Chardy after his stint at La Caja Magica in Madrid

Britain’s No.1 Dan Evans claimed a third victory in 2021 over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy as he reached the second round of the Madrid Open on Monday.

Evans lost in the first round in his only previous appearance at the Masters in 2017, but again showed his improvement on clay in a 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (7-9) win. ) 6-2 on the world No 51.

It was a close fight for the majority of the game, with Chardy well in the lead in the first set.

Madrid Open: Dan Evans defeats Jeremy Chardy to make winning start to campaign in Spanish capital |  Tennis News

Evans defeated Chardy in three sets at Arantxa Sanchez Stadium

Evans recovered from an early break then saved a set point at 4-5 before taking advantage of an untimely double fault from his opponent at 6-6 in the tie-break.

The second set saw Evans hold his serve much easier and put pressure on Chardy. But one match point came and went at 5-4, then two more in the tie-break before he finally lost it.

The 30-year-old didn’t let disappointment affect him and dominated the deciding set before netting his fifth match point with an ace on second serve.

Madrid Open: Dan Evans defeats Jeremy Chardy to make winning start to campaign in Spanish capital |  Tennis News

Britain’s No.1 is making forays on clay after reaching the semi-finals in Monte Carlo earlier this year

The result meant a hat-trick over Chardy in 2021 for Evans, who also won his two hard court contests in the Murray River Open semi-finals in preparation for his first ATP title in Melbourne and the Qatar Open. .

World number 26 Evans will play the winner of the match between Miami Open champion Hubert Hurkacz and John Millman, for a place in the last 16.

Australian Open semi-finalist Aslan Karatsev opened his debut campaign with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Ugo Humbert.

The Russian, who has improved to 18-5 this season, will meet the seventh seed Diego schwartzman for a place in the third round.

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