Dan Evans emerges from Australian Open defeat to Roger Federer with great credit

Dan Evans emerges from Australian Open defeat to Roger Federer with great credit

Dan Evans will surely never play at such an excellent level as this for so long on a major stage, and lose – except, probably, if the opponent is Roger Federer again.

On day three of the Australian Open, Evans pushed the defending champion to the limits of his genius – reminiscent of his fine losing effort against Stan Wawrinka in the third round of the 2015 US Open – before Federer got it done in just over two-and-a-half hours, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

The winner said courtside, “I couldn’t pull away early in the match, which was to his credit. I thought I played well. The margins are slim if you don’t win those close points.”

In reference to the similarities in their method and tennis philosophy, from the one-handed backhands to the sliced returns, as well as their willingness to attack at ever opportunity, Federer added, “My thoughts going in was that I was playing myself, potentially. I had maybe a little more size.”

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