Top-ranked British tennis player Dan Evans admitted he didn't have any issues on the court and his collapse against Diego Schwartzman was on him. Evans, ranked at No. 22 in the world, was up by a set and a break before Schwartzman recovered to win 5-7 6-4 6-0.
"My legs were fine,” asserted Evans, per Tennishead. “Three full sets isn’t an issue for me. Nor is five sets. I obviously played a pretty poor game at 4-3 and lost my focus. “Then he got on a roll and it just ran away from me really.
It was more upstairs than downstairs. I feel like my game is in a good place. “Today is a hiccup. It was not a great end to the trip. With a bit more focus, I could have been out of there in two sets. “And we would be having a different conversation here and nothing about my legs.
It was a bad end to the match. “I thought for an hour and a half it was the best tennis I have played in a long time. My game is in a good place. I feel good – I have no issues with my game”.
Evans was on the verge of making the Indian Wells round-of-16
Schwartzman made a positive start to the match, having claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game.
Evans was down 5-3 in the first set but then claimed three consecutive breaks and won six consecutive games to take a 7-5 2-0 lead. Evans had a great chance to go up by a double break but failed to convert a break point in the fourth game.
However, Evans served out the sixth game to take a 7-5 4-2 lead. Evans then shut down as Schwartzman claimed five consecutive breaks and won 10 games in a row to overturn the deficit and claim a comeback win. Schwartzman will have a tough task in the round-of-16 as he plays next Casper Ruud.