In the scorching Washington heat, Taylor Fritz took on Dan Evans, but he didn’t make it as the Briton took the win.
None of these players seemed eager to play tennis in the scorching Washington heat, but they had to. The conditions and speed of the terrain suited Fritz very well and he was able to take advantage of them. Evans is a very good defender, but that’s not a style of play you want to play on pitches like these.
You will run a lot but rarely be rewarded and that was certainly the case for Evans. The first set was interesting because Fritz didn’t serve well. He allowed himself to be broken once as he struggled with his 2nd serve, but he also broke Evans twice which was enough for his 6-3 first set win. The American was much better in the 2nd set in terms of service and that got him through most games earlier.
It didn’t go so well later on as Evans pulled back to make it 4-4. Both held their serves after that and eventually we found ourselves in a tie-break. It was crazy with both chances but eventually Evans saved a match point to win it 8-6. Neither looked very healthy in the final set as Fritz looked like he was going to pass out at any moment and Evans dealt with shoulder discomfort.
The first three games had 3 breaks, which was unusual to say the least, but it proved that both were struggling. Fritz took an MTO down 1-2 and continued but after losing serve once more to go down 1-4 he pulled out to escape the heat.