The 30th seed Daniel Evans suffered the second-round loss at the Australian Open, falling to Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in just under two hours. Evans couldn't do much in windy conditions, wasting both break chances he created and suffering four breaks to propel the Japanese into the next round.
Evans said he hadn't thought about facing Novak Djokovic in the next round, focusing on Nishioka test but never finding the desired rhythm after hitting 32 winners and 39 unforced errors. Evans also admitted he can't tell much about his ambitions at the moment, happy to enter all the main draws directly and hoping to find the rhythm again in the upcoming events.
"I can only look back and be happy with the way I started the season. It was great to be in Sydney and play at the ATP Cup ahead of the Grand Slam; I love coming to Melbourne. I knew it would be difficult against Nishioka, especially in such windy conditions that plagued my game.
I didn't play well and couldn't break him, although I have to give him full credit, he played on a really high level. Before the match, I didn't think about going out there and playing the clash before the one against Novak Djokovic.
It would have been nice to face the Serb in the next round but it wasn't to be this time around. I had two big chances in the third set and didn't take them while he seized his opportunities. Nishioka returned pretty well, considering the conditions.
I can't speak about my ambitions, I don't know how good I am at the moment. I guess we will find out in the upcoming tournaments; the good thing is, I don't have to play the qualifying draw and will save energy for the main action."