Dan Evans books second-round place at Vienna Open on back of Aljaz Bedene retirement
Dan Evans progressed to the second round of the Vienna Open after former Great Britain team-mate Aljaz Bedene retired.
Evans was in a strong position, leading 6-3, 4-5, when the Slovenian called time on the match after suffering a right thigh injury.
Bedene, who changed allegiance from Slovenia to Britain and then back again, suffered the problem early in the match, but could not continue.
Next Stop ➡️ 2nd Round
Dan Evans beats Alijaz Bedene 6-3, 4-5 (retired) to advance in Vienna #BackTheBrits 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/w2ViYbpyKB
— LTA (@the_LTA) October 27, 2020
There was not much in it between the two men, with Evans, who made the semi-finals in Antwerp last week, claiming the first set with a solitary break before fending off several break-back points in the next game.
The second set was on serve before Bedene retired at a curious time, having just won a game which would have left Evans serving to stay in the set.
There will be no complaints from British No 1 Evans, who will now play Jurij Rodionov in the second round after the young Austrian stunned Denis Shapovalov in the first round.
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