Competing in Dubai for the second time, Daniel Evans will kick off the campaign at the ATP 500 event against the 4th seed Fabio Fognini, hoping for another notable victory after already taking down David Goffin, Alex de Minaur and Karen Khachanov so far in 2020.
After reaching the quarter-final in Rotterdam, the Briton is on a career-high ranking, hoping to crack the top-30 precisely a year after reaching the final in Delray Beach as a qualifier, ranked barely inside the top-150.
Since then, the Birmingham native has been on a constant rise, winning two Challenger titles on grass last June and advancing into the third round at Wimbledon and the US Open, becoming one of the top-ranked British players in singles and having a chance to represent his country at the Davis Cup Finals in November.
Evans lost the opening singles matches against Robin Haase and Alexander Bublik, beating Jan-Lennard Struff in the last round-robin clash to help Great Britain reaching the semi-final where Rafael Nadal took him down 6-4, 6-0.
At the beginning of 2020, Evans was the leader of the pack of the British squad at the inaugural ATP Cup, defeating Radu Albot, David Goffin and Alex de Minaur after an epic battle that lasted for almost three and a half hours.
Like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and many other players, Daniel Evans would love to see the Davis Cup and the ATP Cup merged in a single event for nations that would gather the most prominent countries in the world in the quest for the title, instead of having two similar events separated by six weeks.
"I think the ATP Cup is a great event with an excellent atmosphere; I enjoyed it," Evans said. "Perhaps, they could join the two events - the Davis Cup and the ATP Cup together so we could have one single team competition; it would be good for our sport.
Great Britain has a strong team; it feels good to be with the other guys as all of us are at similar levels of our game. It's good to share team responsibility with the other two players for the sake of the country."