French Open: Dan Evans out in second round; Daniil Medvedev advances through | tennis news

The British number 2 lost in four sets to Mikael Ymer; Cameron Norrie is now the last remaining Briton in the main draw; Daniil Medvedev advances to the third round; Casper Ruud’s straight sets win means he too moves up the draw

Last update: 05/26/22 21:54

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

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

Dan Evans was eliminated from 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 number 1 Cameron Norrie is the only remaining British interest.

Norrie prepared for the French Open by winning the Lyon Open title. He is the 10th seed at Roland Garros and has not dropped a set through the first two rounds.

Norrie faces Karen Khachanov, who is the 21st seed, on Friday and his competition is the fourth match on the Simonne-Mathieu court.

Evans’ conqueror Ymer will play Stefanos Tsitsipas next.

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 more than four hours after recovering from four set points down in the fourth set.

Evans: I was physically worn out.

Evans met a breakdown after a slow start and was a set behind after a 14-minute ninth game in which he saved five set points and squandered two break points, before finally succumbing.

But 43 minutes later, the Briton forced two set points on his own serve and leveled the match after Ymer hit a backhand.

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

Evans had the doctor on the court between sets but resurfaced to break again early in the fourth. However, he withered away again as Ymer grew stronger and secured victory in three hours and 22 minutes.

Evans was booed by the crowd after returning a serve to the net to lose the match, but said: “I couldn’t care less. I gave away the last point, but I couldn’t care less, to be honest with you.

“I think I tried hard enough for three and a half hours. I was physically exhausted. That was it for me. It’s frustrating and annoying, don’t get me wrong, but that’s the way it is.” .

“I’ve been struggling with the chest infection. It’s really not ideal. Normal symptoms, sweating a lot at night, sleeping poorly. It probably cost me a lot. It’s not an excuse. I was in some good situations, but physically I wasn’t up to it. the height”.

Medvedev advances to the third round

Daniil Medvedev is the second seed at Roland Garros

Daniil Medvedev is the second seed at Roland Garros

Daniil Medvedev advanced to the third round with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Serbian Laslo Djere.

The World No. 2, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros last year after four straight first-round eliminations, struggled at times but found a way to cross the line on the surface that he admitted is not his favourite.

Medvedev won 70 per cent of his first serve points and was able to capitalize on the high unforced error count his opponent produced during the two-and-a-half hour match.

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

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

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

“Honestly, I think I played better in the first round,” he reflected. “I definitely need to play better next round, because it’s going to get harder and harder. Again, I’m not going to lie, I prefer hard 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 made sure of reaching 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 having won the Geneva Open to secure his seventh career title on clay courts. The 23-year-old will be looking to reach the fourth round in Paris for the first time when he takes on Lorenzo Sonego.

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

“Even though it was three sets in a row, there were some tough moments and some chances I didn’t have, but some I did. Overall, I’m very happy with the performance.”

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

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

Hubert Hurkacz advanced to the third round for the first time in five appearances, following his 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Marco Cecchinato. He won 86 per cent of his first serve points and faces David Goffin next.

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