Roger Federer felt satisfied with his straight-set win over Dan Evans in the Australian Open second round. The Swiss prevailed in straight sets, 7-6 7-6 6-3, to book a third round clash against Taylor Fritz. Asked if he was surprised with Evans's performance, the 37-year-old replied: 'No.
I have high regard, you know, in Dan. I think he's a good player. I've seen him play some really good matches over the years. I see why he can cause difficulties to players. He's got a nice slice, defending the court well.
He has the variation, which is always a hard thing to play against. He was feeling it today, I thought. He was very sort of cat and mouse a bit. Very interesting. I liked the match. I thought he was playing well. It was enjoyable, yeah.'
Evans headed into the Australian Open being 189th ranked, but Federer feels the Brit is worth much more. 'I didn't even know his ranking', Roger admitted. 'For me he's a top 100 player. Once you're 80 or 60 or 40, you can be all those things, and beyond probably.
I just think it's in the details at the end of the day. How much can you give to the sport? How much are you willing? Can you stay injury-free? Get your ranking up, be really there for the crucial moments? I think he can be top 50 again, no problem, yeah.'