Tennis | ATP Paris-Bercy 2022 | Evans passes Nakashima to face Tsitsipas | Tech Rasta


By Tony Fairbairn

  • Dan Evans beats Brandon Nakashima 6-3 3-6 6-4
  • Evans vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas [5] | Head to Head: Tsitsipas leads 3-0
PARIS, FRANCE — Dan Evans edged out Brandon Nakashima to reach the second round at Paris-Bercy where he faces Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Dan Evans beats Brandon Nakashima 6-3 3-6 6-4

Dan Evans qualified for the second round in Paris after a difficult victory against the in-form American Brandon Nakashima. Evans was in fine form himself and reacted well to the fast hard courts at Paris-Bercy as the Briton broke early with a strong baseline game that saw Nakashima clear unforced errors as Evans took a 2-man lead -1.

The American reacted well to the early deficit by finding his reach on serve, but he couldn’t threaten Evans’ serve as the Briton took control of the game with his first serve. Evans was able to build effortless winners using the slice and a mix of deep, powerful groundstrokes. The Briton’s maneuver on the American was once again effective in the ninth game as he broke Nakashima for the second time to seal the first set 6-3.

However, this game was never going to be easy for Evans, with Nakashima being one of the most consistent and solid players on the tour. That proved to be the case in the second set, with the American taking advantage of a dip in performance from the Briton. Evans was missing his opening serves and Nakashima’s consistency allowed him to take the lead for a 2-1 lead.

Nakashima continued to be a thorn in Evans’ side towards the end of the set, with the American taking advantage of a rash decision by the Briton to threaten the double lead. An impressive serve and volley saw Evans negate the threat from Nakashima to hold 4-3. However, the American would get the double break advantage by breaking for the set to tie the match at one set all.

The final set saw both players playing their best tennis at the same time, with this match testing the consistency of both players. After a few comfortable openers, it would be Nakashima who would blink first as Evans increased the intensity and quality of play to take a 3-2 lead in the deciding set.

Nakashima fended off a flurry of pressure from Evans to hold and stay within contact distance of the Briton. In the end, it was Evans who was more clinical at the right time and the Briton survived a tough test to take the win and advance to the second round.

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Dan Evans vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas [5] Head to Head: Tsitsipas leads 3-0
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Evans will now face the fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round with the Greek winning the previous three encounters.

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022)

H2H: Dan Evans (WR 26) Stefanos Tsitsipas (WR 5)
Tournament best precedent R1 (2020) Quarter-final (2019)
1st Serve % 61.8 63
Service games won % 77.9 84.6
% of saved breakpoints 59 64.2
2n/a Service Return Points Won % 51.2 49.5
% of breakpoints converted 42.7 41.7

Evans will need to be more aggressive on serve if he wants to win this game as his serving stats for the season closely track Tsitsipas’s.

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Styles of play and prediction

Tsitsipas has regained some of his form in recent weeks but will be disappointed with his performances in Astana and Stockholm’s final defeats against Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune respectively. Now Tsitsipas is looking to build one last bot of momentum ahead of the Nitto ATP Finals.

Evans will need to have a good day on duty and be as proactive as possible in testing Tsitsipas’ confidence early. Meanwhile, the Greek will be looking to gouge the angles and move Evans out of position as much as possible. It’s going to be a tough match because this match doesn’t suit him at all, but if he can take the comebacks early and cut the angles, it could be a close fight.

Prediction: Tsitsipas in three sets.

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