Dan Evans: I have to believe that I can beat Roger Federer

Dan Evans

Dan Evans admits he would rather not face Roger Federer at the US Open, but insists he will go into the match confident that he can get the better of the 23-time Grand Slam winner.

British No 2 Evans upset 25th seed Lucas Pouille from France 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows with the win earning him a third-career meeting against Federer.

Five-time champion Federer also required four sets to advance as he beat Damir Dzumhur on Wednesday evening.

Evans and Federer also played each other in the second round of this year’s Australian Open with the Swiss winning 7-6, 7-6, 6-3.

“I’d rather not be playing him,” Evans said. “It’s good for you guys [in the media]. And better than going out to Court 12 I’d guess.

“I have to go in and think I can beat him otherwise there is no point.

“Since the first time I played him I think I am in a different place and he’s probably in a different place. I think I have got over ‘It’s Roger and he’s impossible to beat’. I have more belief going onto court.”

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