French Open: British No 1 Dan Evans suffers first-round exit at Roland Garros

Dan Evans’ seek for a primary French Open victory goes on after he’s overwhelmed by Miomir Kecmanovic; 4-set defeat extends Evans’ disappointing sequence of outcomes on the Grand Slams; British hopes relaxation with Johanna Konta, Cam Norrie and Heather Watson who all play on Monday

Final Up to date: 30/05/21 4:47pm

Dan Evans’ seek for a primary French Open victory goes on after he suffered an early exit in Paris on Sunday

Dan Evans made a disappointing early exit on the French Open after he was unable to construct on a robust begin towards Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic on Sunday.

This was the British No 1’s fourth time in the principle draw at Roland Garros and he’s but to make it by means of to spherical two, taking place 6-1 3-6 3-6 4-6 on this event to 21-year-old Kecmanovic.

Clay has all the time been Evans’ weakest floor however expectations had been raised by his success on it this season, together with a shocking victory over Novak Djokovic on his method to the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Evans made a bright start before things quickly unravelled for the Brit

Evans made a shiny begin earlier than issues shortly unravelled for the Brit

Evans mentioned: “It is disappointing once more. It is exhausting to take. I felt good coming in, taking part in some good tennis. That is the character of the sport, is not it? You understand, you are out of the event earlier than it is actually began. So it is a dire finish to a good clay season. And, you realize, I’ve bought to mud myself off and go once more.

“Primarily I used to be outplayed and that is most likely not what I wish to be listening to or occurring on the courtroom.”

At 46 within the rankings, Kecmanovic was one of many higher-ranked gamers twenty fifth seed Evans might have confronted, though the younger Serbian got here into the event on a four-match dropping streak.

Evans couldn’t have made a greater begin, racing right into a 5-0 lead and simply taking the primary set.

However Kecmanovic, who was an distinctive junior, raised his stage considerably in the beginning of the second as he bought to grips together with his opponent’s sport, and Evans was unable to reply.

He upped his aggression within the third set to attempt to regain some management however with it got here a bunch of errors, whereas Evans was additionally permitting himself to be distracted by spectators within the crowd.

Remarkably, there have been eight breaks of serve in 9 video games, with Evans failing to carry as soon as, as Kecmanovic tightened his grip on proceedings.

The British No 1 admitted his early loss at Roland Garros was 'hard to take'

The British No 1 admitted his early loss at Roland Garros was ‘exhausting to take’

Evans let loose a roar when he broke to start out the fourth set, and he lastly backed it up by holding serve, nevertheless it was a short reprieve as Kecmanovic replied with 5 video games in a row.

The Serbian, who had been so spectacular on the massive factors, misplaced 4 in a row from 30-0 serving for the match as Evans broke again however, maybe inevitably, a ninth break of the British participant’s serve proved decisive.

The defeat extends Evans’ disappointing sequence of outcomes on the Grand Slams. Though he has performed arguably the most effective tennis of his profession in 2020 and 2021, he has gained simply two matches in 5 main tournaments.

Evans added: “I ready in addition to I might. You understand, I’ve bought an excellent coach, nice health coach, and that is all I can maintain doing. To take a seat right here and say it does not work, it could be if I am coming right here and never making ready. However that is what most likely hurts a bit extra is that I ready pretty much as good as I did, I’ve labored exhausting, I’ve tried my greatest to return out and win the match, and I simply did not do it.”

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