Austria’s number 3, Jurij Rodionov, falls in two sets to Britain’s Daniel Evans (ATP 33) 5-7, 3-6. Rodionov failed to capitalize on break leads in both sets.
In the first set, Rodionov took the battle to his opponent who is ranked more than 120 spots better in the ATP rankings. The Austrian got off to a great start by breaking his opponent’s serve in the first game of the match. The lead only held until the second service game of Rodionov. The set stayed on serve until 5-4 for Evans and Rodionov serving. The Austrian managed to erase 0-40 and equalize the game at 5-5. But minutes later it was nearly the same situation again, only this time 15-40 and this time, Evans wouldn’t be denied, taking the first set 7-5.
Too many chances wasted
The second set developed quite similar, with Rodionov drawing first blood – this time it was the break to take a 3-2 lead, which immediately evaporated with a pretty weak service game from the Austrian in which he handed Evans the rebreak with two double faults. Another erroneous service game handed Evans a 5-3 lead. The Brit was a bit wobbly when having to serve out, but he managed to save two break points and convert his first match point to advance to the quarter finals.
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