Nishikori dumped out by Evans in New York
Originally published on: 26/08/13 00:00
The British No.3, ranked No.179 in the world, claimed an inspired 6-4 6-4 6-2 victory at Flushing Meadows.
Evans, who came through three qualifying matches to reach the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time outside of Wimbledon, has steadily climbed the rankings following some impressive results in 2013.
"It's definitely a good one," Evans said. "That was pretty good out there to play so well and against someone so highly ranked. I felt pretty confident all through the week, and that was a good match. I wasn't worried.”
Evans, who has previously saved his best performances when playing for Great Britain in the Davis Cup, will meet Australian Bernard Tomic in the second round.
It was a satisfying day for the Brits in New York after Laura Robson won her opening match with a straight sets victory over Lourdes Dominguez Lino.
Robson, seeded for the first time at a major, showed no signs of a recent wrist injury as she claimed a 7-5 6-0 victory to set up a second-round clash with Caroline Garcia.
World No.3 Andy Murray must wait until Wednesday to kick off his US Open title defence, while British No.2 Heather Watson is scheduled to play her opening match against Simona Halep on Tuesday.