British number three Dan Evans has pulled off another shock. After defeating his firs top 10 opponent in Dominic Thiem last week in Sydney making his first ATP Tour Final he went one better today with a win against former Grand Slam champion Marin Cilic to progress to the third round at the Australian Open.
The Brit didn’t get off to a good start at all finding himself down a set and a break and couldn’t really find the court in the opening stages of the match to hurt the Croat but quickly found his form thanks to two big shots the forehand down the line and the sliced backhand in particular helped trouble the seventh seed.
The sliced backhand is an underused shot in my opinion and is also a shot that is risky you don’t want to overcook the slice and give away a cheap point but you don’t also want to sell yourself short but nine times out of ten the depth Dan got on the court was exceptional as you can see below.
You can see Dan lining up the slice and it forced Cilic to retreat and sometimes because of the height generated from the slice forced the Croat into tight position unable to open up his body to flick the forehand down the line which he looked for and cross court.
You can see the racket head behind the head of Evans and Cilic slowly starting to back into the corner onto his forehand with a low bounce on the ball into the green box on the court.
To come from a set down to beat Cilic in four is a great achievement for Dan who will break the top 50 in the world for the first time and into the third round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career!