French Open: Dan Evans out in second round; Daniil Medvedev progresses through | Tennis News

The British number 2 lost in four sets to Mikael Ymer; Cameron Norrie is now the last British man to remain in the main draw; Daniil Medvedev progresses through to the third round; Casper Ruud’s direct victory means he is also making progress in the draw

Last Updated: 5/28/22 11:55 AM

Dan Evans was beaten in four sets by Mikael Ymer of Sweden at the French Open in the second round.

Dan Evans was beaten in four sets by Mikael Ymer of Sweden at the French Open in the second round.

Dan Evans was beaten out of the French Open in the second round after being hampered by a chest infection.

Evans lost 3-6 6-3 2-6 3-6 to Mikael Ymer and as the match progressed he struggled physically.

Evans’ departure from the men’s singles main draw means No 1 Cameron Norrie is the only remaining British interest.

Norrie warmed up for the French Open by winning the Lyon Open title. He is the 10th seed at Roland Garros and did not drop a set during the first two rounds.

Norrie faces Karen Khachanov, who is the 21st seed, on Friday and their contest is the fourth match on Court Simonne-Mathieu.

The conqueror of Evans Ymer will later play Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Tsitsipas – beaten by Novak Djokovic in last year’s final – advanced with a marathon four-set victory over Zdenek Kolar, winning 6-3 7-6 6-7-7-6 in over four hours after accumulating four set points down in the fourth set.

Evans: I was physically exhausted

Evans found himself breaking after a slow start and was set behind following a 14-minute ninth game in which he saved five set points, and wasted two break points, before eventually losing.

But the fist pumps were out 43 minutes later when the Briton forced two set points on his own serve and leveled the match after Ymer netted back.

An immediate break in the third seemed to have kept Evans ’momentum going, but a quick response from Ymer saw him reel from six games in a row to move 2-1 ahead.

Evans had the doctor on court between sets, but reappeared to break up again at the start of the quarter. However, he fainted again when Ymer strengthened and achieved victory in three hours and 22 minutes.

Evans was whistled by the crowd after hitting a serve performance into the net to lose the match but said: “I couldn’t care less. I gave up the last point, but I couldn’t care less, to be honest with you.

“I think I’d put in a lot of effort for three and a half hours. I was physically exhausted. That was for me. It’s frustrating and it’s annoying, don’t get me wrong, but that’s how it goes.”

“I struggled with the chest infection. It’s not ideal really. Normal symptoms, a lot of sweating at night, bad sleep. It probably took a lot out of me. It’s not an excuse. I’ve been in some good situations, but physically I wasn’t right. “

Medvedev moves into the third round

Daniil Medvedev is the second seed at Roland Garros

Daniil Medvedev is the second seed at Roland Garros

Daniil Medvedev moved into the third round with a 6-3 6-4 6-3 win over Serbian Laslo Djere.

The world No. 2, who reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros last year after four consecutive first-round outings, struggled a few times but found his way over the line on the surface, which he confessed is not his favorite.

Medvedev scored 70 percentage points behind his first serve and was able to take advantage of the high non-binding error score his opponent produced during the two-and-a-half-hour match.

He will later face 28th seed Miomir Kecmanovic, who defeated Alexander Bublik in four sets 4-6 7-5 6-2 6-1.

“Today I think to be honest, Laslo played the best tennis on a clay court,” Medvedev said during his on-court interview.

“But I managed to fight and just put one more ball in the court than him. It was a very difficult match, but I’m happy to win.

“I honestly think I played better in the first round,” he reflected. “I definitely have to play better the next round because it will be harder and harder. Again, I won’t lie, I prefer tough courts.”

Casper Ruud built on his first-round win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Casper Ruud built on his first-round win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Casper Ruud ensured he moved into the third round at Roland Garros for the third year in a row, courtesy of a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori.

Ruud arrived in Paris to win the Geneva Open to secure his seventh career title on clay. The 23-year-old will be looking to reach the fourth round in Paris for the first time when he meets Lorenzo Sonego.

“It was definitely a challenge,” Ruud said of his match against Ruusuvuori.

“Although it was three straight sets, there were some difficult moments and some opportunities that I didn’t get, but some that I did. Overall, I’m very happy with the presentation.”

Holger Rune, who defeated 14th seed Denis Shapovalov in the first round, defeated Henri Laaksonen 6-2 6-3 6-3. The 19-year-old makes his Paris debut and reached the semi-finals in Lyon last week.

He will face Hugo Gaston in the third round, after Gaston defeated Pedro Cachin 6-4 6-2 6-4 on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

Hubert Hurkacz advanced into the third round for the first time in five appearances, following his 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory over Marco Cecchinato. He scored 86 percentage points behind his first serve and faces David Goffin next.

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