Canada Flashback: Rafael Nadal opens title defense over Daniel Evans

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Canada Flashback: Rafael Nadal opens title defense over Daniel Evans

The defending champion Rafale Nadal made a winning start in Montreal two years ago, beating the Briton Daniel Evans 7-6, 6-4 in two hours and one minute after a couple of rain delays. It was Nadal's first match on hard since withdrawing ahead of Roger Federer clash in March in Indian Wells, and he played good enough to seal the deal in straight sets.

The Spaniard dropped 19 points behind the initial shot and got broken twice from as many chances offered to the Briton. On the other hand, Evans delivered an excellent performance after landing the first serve in, but the second serve let him down, suffering three breaks to propel Nadal through after wasting two set points in the opening set tie break.

The Spaniard had 32 winners and 16 unforced errors. At the same time, Evans counted to a 28-20 ratio, winning more points in the shortest range but losing the edge in the mid-range and most extended exchanges that secured the victory for world no.


Rafael Nadal beat Daniel Evans in the second round in Montreal 2019.

Rafa gave serve away in the very first game after spraying a forehand error to push Daniel in front before pulling it back at 2-3 after a great attack and a backhand winner.

The momentum was now on Nadal's side of the court, and he served well in the rest of the set and created two set points at 5-4. Determined to keep the points on his racquet, Daniel went for a serve & volley, saved both set points and extended the set to create a 6-4 gap in the tie break.

Rafa stayed calm and repelled those with two forehand winners, taking four straight points for an 8-6 after grueling 70 minutes. As was expected, Nadal broke at the beginning of the second set with another forehand winner and confirmed the break before the rain sent them off the court for two hours.

Evans saved a break point in game five and broke back in the next one after Nadal's huge forehand error to level the score at 3-3. Nonetheless, the defending champion grabbed another break with strong hitting from both wings that pushed him 4-3 up and sealed the deal in game ten with a smash winner to move into the third round.