Daniel Evans was the inspiration for Great Britain on Sunday when they won two matches, including a decisive double with Jamie Murray, for a 2-1 win over Germany in the Group C tie in the ATP Cup. Evans, who first beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1, 6-2 in singles match No.
2, returned to the court at Qudos Bank Arena after Alexander Zverev's 7-6 (2 ), 6-1 over Britain's Cameron Norrie. , to accompany Murray in a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kevin Krawietz and Zverev in 78 minutes. Britain will challenge Canada on Tuesday, while Germany faces the United States.
Both qualifiers will be played at Ken Rosewall Arena. Evans made sure Great Britain got off to a perfect start, with the world No. 25 mixing up his tactics to keep Struff on the defensive. "It's a good way to start 2022," Evans said.
"I've been practicing well, but I didn't expect to play the game that well." Evans dominated completely to extend his perfect record to 3-0 against Struff. The first set lasted 32 minutes, when Evans hit 12 winners and made just four unforced errors.
Going 1-1 in the first set, the 31-year-old secured nine straight games to lead 4-0 in the second set. In a recent interview with L'Equipe, Novak Djokovic opened up about his heartbreaking loss to Daniil Medvedev in the final of this year's US Open.
The Serb said the overwhelming support he received from the Arthur Ashe crowd caught him off guard and may have impacted his performance.
Djokovic on his heartbreaking loss to Medvedev
During the interview, Novak Djokovic revealed that he had planned a dinner for his entire team after the US Open final.
But the loss left him devastated and he didn't want to go. “I had a nice team dinner planned for after the US Open final. I was so emotionally wrecked that I didn’t want to go. But everyone cheered me up and I went.
Monica Seles called me crying. It ended up being quite a long, emotional night - it eased my mind,” he said. Despite failing to complete the Calendar Slam and secure a gold medal in the Olympics, 2021 was arguably Djokovic's best-ever season.
The Serb said the support he gained over the course of the season made the losses much more bearable. “Even with painful losses in the second half of the season, I felt the love and support of so many people. It brought me a lot of positivity.
Looking back on 2021, this was one of my personal highlights. I’m choosing to focus on that rather than on those losses”.