Louis Armstrong Stadium Fourth Match
The final match of the day sees an intriguing encounter between the experienced Tommy Robredo (Player Profile) and the British qualifier Daniel Evans (Player Profile). While Robredo is taking part in a slam for the 47th time, this is Evans’ third main draw and the first outside of Wimbledon where he twice received wildcards. This will be their first meeting.
Evans’ summer has been outstanding with two Challenger finals (he had match point in both matches) as well as this run to the third round. Often seen as wasted potential due to alleged workrate and attitude issues, it appears that he is knuckling down and working hard and the results are coming for him. He toughed it out in qualifiers beating Flavio Cipolla, Peter Polansky and Adrian Menendez-Maceiras, the latter from a set down.
He would find himself in one of the toughest qualifier spots as he would be scheduled for a first round meeting with 11th seed Kei Nishikori. However, the Japanese was no match for Evans as he was blown away in straight sets. Some outstanding play saw him break Nishikori six times in a 6-4 6-4 6-2 victory. In the next round, he found himself up against it down a set and break to Bernard Tomic but would fight back to win in four sets.
Robredo has also dropped just one set to get this far. He defeated Marinko Matosevic 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-2 before making easy work of the Canadian Frank Dancevic, breaking his serve seven times in total in a 6-4 6-4 6-1 win. Robredo has been having somewhat of a career reneissance with two titles this year and a French Open quarter final to his name.
Expect a tough match, but the experience of Robredo should finally end the fairytale for Evans. His first two wins had been over very talented opponents but not quite the battle he will expect with his Spanish opponent. For the winner, most likely, Roger Federer awaits.
Prediction: Robredo in 4 sets