US Open: Brit Dan Evans bows out in third round following loss to Tommy Robredo
Last Updated: 01/09/13 8:43am
Dan Evans: Was denied the chance of facing Roger Federer in the last 16
Dan Evans' fairytale run at the US Open was ended after 19th seed Tommy Robredo beat him 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 4-6 7-5 in the third round.
After three wins in qualifying and victories over Kei Nishikori and Bernard Tomic in the tournament proper, the 23-year-old took to Louis Armstrong Stadium knowing another win would probably earn him a shot at Roger Federer.
At two sets down that looked mission impossible, but Evans battled back in the third set and had two set points in the fourth only for Robredo to eventually come through in three hours and 13 minutes.
The signs did not bode well for Evans when he was broken in the second game, but the soon-to-be British No 2 broke straight back when Robredo netted a forehand.
Evans settled into the contest and saved two set points in the 10th game, showing the composure that has marked out his performances on the big stage over the past couple of seasons.
He also came very close to winning the tie-break, benefiting from some nervous play from Robredo to level at 6-6 only to blast two forehands long.
It was an extremely tough set for Evans to lose, and the disappointment carried into the second as the errors flowed from his racquet to allow Robredo to double his advantage.
But he regrouped in the third set and got his reward when two double faults from Robredo gave Evans a chance at 4-4 before the Brit hit two excellent volleys to claim a crucial break.
That gave Evans the chance to serve for the set and he took it expertly, pumping his fist as an ace flew past Robredo.
The Spaniard was the one looking weary now, calling the trainer to have his thigh massaged. He managed to save four break points at the start of the fourth set but did drop serve in the fifth game.
One more break of serve each followed to leave Evans serving for the set, but the nerves suddenly overcame him as he double-faulted on his first set point and fired a wild forehand long on the second.
He saved one break point but missed a tough volley on the second, Robredo leaping into the air as he levelled at 5-5.
It was the final twist of a dramatic match as soon after Robredo forced a match point and took it with a fine reaction volley.
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