‘A bit annoying to be so close and get nothing for it,’ says ‘easy going guy’ Dan Evans after Roger Federer loss

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Dan Evans interview

He came close to upsetting Roger Federer in their Qatar Open second-round match, but Dan Evans was not in the mood to be happy with a plucky defeat.

Evans gave as good as he got against the 20-time Grand Slam winner, but ultimately went down 7-6 (10-8), 3-6, 7-5 in two hours and 24 minutes.

He didn’t face a single break point on his serve in the opening set and then lost a close tie-breaker while in the second set he broke in game four. After saving a match point in game 10, Evans faced another match point in game 12 and this time Federer made no mistake.

Although pleased with his performance, world No 28 Evans admits it was frustrating to walk away without the win.

“I think it would be fair to say British people can be pretty happy to play a good match,” he said. “That’s what’s frustrating; I didn’t quite get over the line.

“It’s a good match but at the end of the day it’s a loss. It frustrates me to hear people say you played a good match. You need to win.

“Obviously I had chances in the first set, it was a close match, I obviously played pretty well, so it’s a difficult one.

“Just a bit annoying to be so close, play a good match like that and then get nothing for it, it’s frustrating.”

Evans had been Federer’s hitting partner in Doha and the world No 6 had nothing but praise for the British No 1 after their match.

“I think usually I pick hitting partners depending on their character too I think more than their game,” said Federer.

“If you make it into the top 250, I’m sorry, you’re a good enough player, you can do everything.

“Dan’s an easy going guy, if you sit on the side in the chair we always chat. So you’d be talking and then suddenly realise you’ve got to get back to it.

“It’s nice when you go through training blocks like this that it’s with someone who’s interesting to talk to, rather than someone who doesn’t say a word for two weeks.

“It’s always fun with him, plus he’s getting better and better, he mixes it up, it’s not every day the same match.

“So that’s why I very much enjoyed that training time. And I told him at the net I appreciated everything we did together in the last few weeks.”

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