Dan Evans news: Brit progresses to second round at Monte Carlo Masters

Dan Evans pleased

British star Dan Evans has managed to make it through to the second round at the Monte Carlo Masters after seeing off his French opponent in straight sets in his opening match.

The 31-year-old defeated Benjamin Bonzi 6-0, 7-6 (7-4) after a nervy second set but the British No 2 managed to pull an impressive performance out of the bag and won the tiebreak.

Evans started the match off the stronger of the two players and he took full advantage of Bonzi’s first serve struggles and drop shots to take the lead 3-0 in the first set.

However, the Frenchman came into the second set a completely different person and scared Evans by breaking his serve as a result of his first service game, which would have been unheard of in the first set when he had issues with his initial serve.

But the Birmingham born player wasn’t to be written off and he held for 4-4, to then eventually take the match to a tiebreak, which was light work for Evans as he’s already won three so far this year.

Evans was in desperate need of a win like this after losing his first game in the clay court season this year at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech where he lost to Spaniard Pablo Andujar.

The world No 27 will be hoping to improve on his performance in Monte Carlo from last year as he managed to progress to the semi final stages before getting beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas.

But to get there, he will have to defeat his second round opponent first who will be either David Goffin, who is fresh from his win in Morocco, or Jiri Lehecka from the Czech Republic..

He also has another route to success though, as he taking part in the doubles competition while in Monaco and he kicks off this campaign later today as him and his partner Diego Schwartzman take on Polish duo Hugo Nys and Romain Arneodo.

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