US Open 2013: British qualifier Dan Evans knocks out 11th seed Kei Nishikori
Last Updated: 27/08/13 7:47pm
Dan Evans: Produces the performance of his career to dump out Kei Nishikori
Britain's Dan Evans claimed a shock 6-4 6-4 6-2 victory over 11th seed Kei Nishokori to progress to the second round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
The 23-year-old qualifier was up against a player ranked 167 places higher than him but looked a class above his Japanese opponent.
Evans went a break down in the first set but was virtually flawless thereafter as he completed a comfortable win in an hour and 57 minutes.
"When I saw the draw it was a little bit daunting but I went out and I played a good game and he didn't react that well to how was playing," Evans told Sky Sports.
Evans is enjoying the best season of his career, playing a starring role in Britain's Davis Cup win over Russia in April and enjoying a rich vein of form on the Challenger circuit.
He added: "I've just been on the practice court a lot more and in the gym a lot more. It's been a gradual process from January onwards and I'm reaping the rewards of it now.
"I was playing well coming into qualifying. I hadn't played that may qualifiers of grand slams and definitely hadn't won many matches in them.
"To go through three matches was an achievement in itself but I didn't want to stop there, I wanted to push on a bit. That's where the points for my ranking keep going up so it was good to come through today."
Monday's victory was Evans' 12th in his last 14 matches, while he held match points in the other two.
However, it did take Evans a while to settle into the contest and he was broken in the third game, but he levelled at 4-4 and then made it four games in a row to clinch the first set.
Evans' slice backhand was causing Nishikori constant problems, and another ball knifed across the net helped him break serve again to take the second set.
The start of the third was crucial, with Evans digging deep to save three break points before edging closer to victory by claiming another break of his own.
Evans has shown in the Davis Cup that he is not one to be overawed by the big moments and it was Nishikori who showed nerves when he crumbled while serving to stay in the match at 2-5, handing the win to Evans.
Evans will face Bernard Tomic in the next round, the Australian youngster claiming a 6-3 3-6 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 win over Albert Ramos.
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