Dan Evans has lived up to his British Number One tag by beginning his Battle of the Brits campaign with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Jay Clarke in the second singles match of the opening day.
Clarke settled nicely into proceedings going 2-1 up with Evans looking a bit rusty but those doubts were dispelled soon after.
A timely break from Evans saw him take a 3-2 advantage and despite Clarke claiming a hold of serve from there, it was smooth sailing for the Birmingham ace. Clarke held in there but Evans began to start finding his range claiming the set 6-3.
From there, Clarke was up against it in the next set even from the start. He went down 3-1 with a break and from there, he started to begin making unforced errors which allowed Evans to claim a second break at 5-1 and he streaked to victory from there to assert his authority early before Andy Murray heads onto the court.
Battle of the Brits Schedule of Play:
Tuesday, 23rd June 2020:
|Murray & Skupski||Broady & Norrie||13:00||6-3 5-7 9-11|
|Edmund, K.||Ward, J.||14:30||6-1 6-4|
|Evans, D.||Clarke, J.||16:00||6-3 6-1|
|Murray, A.||Broady, L.||19:00||— : —|
|Draper & Edmund||Clarke & Inglot||20:30||— : —|
Tags: Battle of the Brits, Dan Evans, Jay Clarke
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) June 23, 2020
Author: Samuel Gill