Tennis – ATP – Washington: Evans saves a match point then takes advantage of Fritz’s abandonment

Published on August 4, 2022 at 11:23 p.m. – updated on August 4, 2022 at 11:24 p.m.

Mathieu WARNIER

After saving a match point in the second-set tiebreak, Daniel Evans saw No. 3 seed Taylor Fritz throw in the towel midway through the third set and advance to the quarter-finals of the ATP Tournament in Washington.

Daniel Evans went through all the emotions. Manhandled for two rounds by Taylor Fritz, the Briton validated his ticket for the quarter-finals in Washington after the American retired. A meeting, played in very hot weather, which first saw the two players hold their first game of service. It was then that Taylor Fritz raised his voice. With two of his five break points converted, the 13th in the world quickly led five games to one. However, Daniel Evans had an early reaction with one of his two late service games erased. The 40th in the world could not go further, the American converted his first set point to turn in the lead. The 13th in the world continued on his production with the break obtained at the start of the second round. An advantage that the seeded number 3 of the tournament could not ultimately be taken to the end of the meeting. Indeed, in the eighth game, Daniel Evans took his chance to come back to four games all.

Fritz was exhausted

With both players proving solid on serve, the tiebreaker seemed inevitable. If they went blow for blow, it was Taylor Fritz who had a match point. However, the American didn’t have the necessary success to convert her. Daniel Evans, meanwhile, had less of a problem leveling one innings everywhere as soon as the opportunity presented itself.. The last set saw both players losing their serve. But if the Briton was able to tighten the game, it was not the case of the American. The latter called on the tournament’s medical service, visibly not feeling well under the 35°C which reigned this Thursday in Washington. Losing his serve for the third time, Taylor Fritz preferred to shorten the match (3-6, 7-6, 4-1 in 2h15′)allowing Daniel Evans to advance to the quarter-finals, with Yoshihito Nishioka as the next opponent.

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