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Alexei Popyrin vs Dan Evans Tips - Back Evans to march on
- US Open Men's Singles 3rd Round match will take place at Court 17 on
- Friday (16:00 BST)
- Popyrin beat Grigor Dimitrov in the second round
- No. 24 Evans is coming off a four-set win over Marcos Giron
- Evans beat Popyrin in their only previous meeting last June
Daniel Evans (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Alexei Popyrin will face 24th seed Dan Evans in the US Open third round on Friday.
It should be a tight battle, but Evans’ greater experience looks likely to give him the edge.
The pair have met once before earlier this year on grass at The Queen’s Club in London. Evans prevailed in two close sets 6-4 6-4.
Popyrin saw off Moldova's Radu Albot in four sets 6-3 6-7(3) 6-3 6-3 in the first round before getting a walkover in his second-round match against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov during the third set 7-6 (3) 7-6 (3) 4-0.
As such the 22-year-old Aussie should be rested ahead of a tough battle against the wily Evans. He played four matches at the recent Winston-Salem Open – making it to the Round of 32 – and as such should be match-tight.
Evans has had the best season of his career, reaching an ATP rankings high of 25 in June. But he contracted COVID-19 in July and has openly admitted his struggle to get back to peak condition.
Evans’ two matches so far offered different conclusions. The Briton loooked fatigued in his 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4 6-1 win against Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in his opening match before putting on a better display against American Marcos Giron 6-4 7-6(3) 2-6 6-3 in the second round.
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