2021 Viking Open Nottingham

Evans edges past plucky Aussie Ebden in Centre Court thriller

Dan Evans

Defending champion relies on two tense tiebreaks to seal success

Dan Evans, who won the last edition of the Nottingham Open two years ago, remains on course to successfully defend his crown with his second win against an Australian this week.

Following his marathon opening round victory over Greek-Australian Athanasios โ€œThanasiโ€ Kokkinakis, the British no.1 was given another tough ask when he faced formidable opponent Matthew Ebden.

Evans managed to make it four successive tiebreak triumphs on the bounce to secure a 7-6(6) 7-6(4) passage into the 3rd Round at the expense of Doubles expert Ebden.

The 33-year-old African-born Australian won the 2013 Australian Open Mixed Doubles with Slovenian-born Australian Jarmila Gajdosova on home soil, and finished runner-up in this yearโ€™s Australian Open Mixed Doubles with veteran Sam Stour.

Birmingham ace Evans faces Denis Kudla in the next round, the Ukraine American accounted for Stockportโ€™s Liam Broady 3-6 6-3 7-6(2).

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Dan Evans ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Matthew Ebden
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