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 “Thanasi” 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 Slovian-born Australian Jarmila Gajdosova on home soil, and finished runner-up in this year’s Australian Open Mixed Doubles with veteran Sam Stour.

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