Evans marches on at US Open
Originally published on: 30/08/13 00:00
The world No. 179, who came through qualifying before ousting Kei Nishikori in straight sets, will face Tommy Robredo for a potential fourth-round clash with Roger Federer in New York.
Evans saw the first set disappear in just 22 minutes before finding his range and rhythm, mixing up his game and showing better hustle than the world No. 52.
"It was pleasing I could find some belief inside and come back and find my game, because it wasn't there," said Evans. "I looked at the clock, I think it was 34 minutes, I was a set and a break down. It was looking like the airport for me. So, yeah, it was good."
Robredo, the No. 19 seed, saw off Canada’s Frank Dancevic 6-4 6-4 6-1 to book his spot in the third round, while Federer ensured there would be no repeat of his Wimbledon second round exit as he swept past Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq 6-3 6-2 6-1.
Federer is in the same quarter as Rafael Nadal, and admitted the potential match-up against the in-form Spaniard was on his mind.
"I am well aware of the draw. But, at the moment, I am clearly focusing on round by round and it would be a big mistake if I was thinking too much about Rafa."
World No. 4 David Ferrer overcame a shaky second-set tiebreak to see off fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2, while Feliciano Lopez also booked his spot in the third round.
American No. 2 Sam Querrey crashed out in our sets to France’s Adrian Mannarino 7-6(4) 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 6-4, but Jack Sock overcame Maximo Gonzalez 7-6(3) 1-6 7-5 6-2.
Richard Gasquet is safely through after his all-French clash with Stephane Robert, winning 6-3 7-5 7-5, but Edouard Roger-Vasselin fell to Phillip Kohlschreiber in four sets.