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Dan Evans wants Daniil Medvedev ‘nowhere near him’ after US Open loss

US Open: Daniil Medvedev tells crowd he won because of them

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Dan Evans crashed out of the US Open fourth round on Sunday night (September 5). The British No 1 suffered a straight-sets defeat at the hands of Daniil Medvedev, meaning there are no more Brits in the men’s singles draw in Flushing Meadows. Following the world No 2’s 6-3 6-4 6-3 victory, Evans said he was given a “lesson” by the Russian.

Evans was playing in just his second fourth-round at a Major, having reached the second week of the Australian Open back in 2017.

The world No 27 faced a tough opponent in second seed Medvedev, and was unable to come up with any answers for the Russian’s game.

The British No 1 won 63% of his first serve points and 35% of his second, no match for Medvedev’s 84% and 50% respectively.

2019 finalist Medvedev also fired down 13 aces and 43 winners overall, overshadowing Evans’ 24 winners as the Brit failed to hit a single ace.

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Following the match, Evans offered a straightforward explanation for his straight-sets defeat, admitting his opponent was a better player.

“I felt Daniil was very good. I think he showed why he has his ranking, why he’s challenging in these tournaments to win them,” the 31-year-old said.

“In sport, there’s levels, and he was a different level to me today, yeah.”

Medvedev is a favourite to win the title in Flushing Meadows and stop Novak Djokovic’s chances of achieving the calendar Grand Slam.

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The world No 2 came from two-sets-down to force a fifth against Rafael Nadal in the final two years ago, ultimately losing to the Spaniard but winning over the New York crowd with his pantomime villain-style demeanour as the tournament progressed.

With crowds allowed back to the US Open this year, fans seemed to love Medvedev from the off this time around, remembering his antics from two years ago.

The Russian also now holds a 32-5 win-loss record on hard courts this year, and Evans complimented his style of play.

“It looks very unorthodox, but he’s hitting the ball pretty big, very close to the lines, great serve. I think the serve for me is the thing I think is a bit underrated. He goes through his service games very quickly,” he continued.

“Everyone knows how well he moves. But I think his serve and how he goes from deep to up the court so quick is another very difficult thing to see on television until you play him.”

The Brit also admitted he wanted Medvedev far away from him in any future tournaments, acknowledging that he was no match for the recent Toronto Masters champion.

“You’re looking at the draw hoping he’s nowhere near me for the rest of my days. I mean, I think you’ve just got to take it as it is.

“I got a good, healthy lesson out there and just move on. It’s just a tough match. Some people are better than you, and that’s it really.”

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