Dan Evans ‘proud’ after remarkable comeback sets up Daniil Medvedev clash
British star Dan Evans showed his fighting spirit to complete a stunning comeback against Alexei Popryin in the third round at the US Open.
The British number one trailed by two sets to love against the talented Australian before the 31-year-old dug deep to seal victory 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(1).
After the match, Evans said he was ‘proud’ to make it through a tricky contest and book only his second ever fourth-round spot at a Major where he will face second seed Daniil Medvedev.
“I think he [Popyrin] dropped a little bit,” said Evans. “In the fifth he started to go back that way, serving a lot better. I played a good tie-break. It was tough. I’m looking forward to relaxing.
“Coming back from Wimbledon where I was poor in the third round, it was difficult. My focus was really third round here once I got there was to put in a good performance today.
“I could have lost that match pretty easily. I had a great effort regardless so I’m proud of what I’ve done.”
Evans has previously found his third round clashes a tough nut to crack, having lost in the third round six times in his career including three defeats at Flushing Meadows.
The British star will face Medvedev for the first time on Sunday, after the Russian won in straight sets for the third consecutive time this campaign against Pablo Andujar.
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