Having started slowly in both his matches so far, Roger Federer will be eager to get off to a fast start in his third round clash with Daniel Evans. The Brit is a step up in class of opponent for the 3rd seed but that may be what is needed for Federer to engage.
Evans is in the third round of the US Open for the third straight time when he has competed in the main draw. That record does span back to 2013 with a number of absences and one qualifying loss in that time. He has beaten two French players to get this far, seeing off Adrian Mannarino and Lucas Pouille to move on. Evans a technically sound player but it has been the mental part of the game that has often let him down in the past. He has yet to break into the top 40 but definitely has the potential to do so sooner rather than later.
“I got exactly what I expected from both guys. I knew what Nagal was going to give me. I knew what Dzumhur was going to give me. But I didn’t expect to hit 15 to 20 unforced errors, which is basically in the entire set just sort of donated, they came out and were well-prepared and got me to do that. But I clearly have to play better from the get-go.” Federer said after another slow start meant he had to play four sets to advance against Damir Dzumhur. The Bosnian was broken early in the second set of 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 win and that was mostly it even if Federer was far from his best.
“When it happens like this back-to-back matches, it’s just a bit frustrating more than anything, especially when the level is that low and there are that many errors and the energy is not there. I can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward. I just need to take the positives out of it, because once I lose that first set I do get better, which is a good thing.” he added. Federer is going to need to be careful against Evans who has more chance of capitalising on the gifts he has provided in the early rounds.
Prediction – Roger Federer in four sets