Australian Open - Qualifying: Evans, Kuhn, Fokina and Paul advance


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Australian Open - Qualifying: Evans, Kuhn, Fokina and Paul advance

The second day of the qualifying action at Melbourne Park has brought some interesting matches and more players who continued their quest towards the main draw of the opening Grand Slam of the season. Two years ago, Daniel Evans was in the second week of the Australian Open before the well-known problems that forced him to start all over after dropping out from the ranking list in April last year.

Daniel made quick progress in the second part of 2018 to enter the top-200 and get the opportunity to play here in Melbourne and chase the place in the Australian Open main draw for the third time. Daniel made a flying start, toppling the 23rd seed Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-2, 6-3 in 57 minutes, landing 83% of the first serve in and playing equally good on both the first and second serve, never facing a break point to mount the pressure on the Brazilian's side of the court.

Dutra Silva had to play against four break points and he suffered three breaks, trailing from start to finish and ending his journey on the first step. Evans was in the zone from the very first ball, earning breaks in games two and eight for a 6-2 and scoring another one in the fourth game of the second set to book his place in the second qualifying round.

The young Spaniard Nicola Kuhn was forced to miss the action for two months during the spring last year and he will try to continue his march towards the top-100 this year, starting from Melbourne where he defeated the French veteran Stephane Robert 6-4, 7-6 in a floating 75 minutes.

A teenager grabbed the opening set with a single break at 1-1 and he came from a 3-0 down in set number two to reach the tie break and seal the deal in straight sets. The top seed Lorenzo Sonego made a perfect start against the British youngster Jay Clarke, forging a 6-2, 6-3 win after saving six out of seven break points and converting four opportunities on the return for the place in the next round.

A former junior Wimbledon champion Alejandro Davidovich Fokina prevailed against Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-5, 7-6 for the winning start, coming for a 4-2 down in the opener and clinching the crucial points in set number two to secure the win without spending further time on the court.

Tommy Paul needed an hour and 22 minutes to dismiss Roberto Cid Subervi 6-4, 6-3, losing serve once and erasing that deficit with three return games won, moving 3-1 up in set number two after the seventh break point and serving well in the rest of the match to bring it home in style.