Dan Evans made the most of the lucky loser spot at the Miami Open after bowing out in the Qualifiers of this ATP Masters 1000 Event. The Brit outplayed Tunisian Malek Jaziri in straight sets, dropping just 2 games en route to a Second Round blockbuster clash against Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
It was Evans's 32nd match of a rather tricky year that also sees him back in the top 100. In what has been if not the form, but at least the best health of his life, he is gunning to get back amongst the best, just the way he was before his one-year suspension.
There was some controversy in the match with Evans having a minor exchange with Jaziri’s support staff over a line call. “I was just happy to get the win, it has been a good start to the year,' he said. 'I'm moving probably the best I have moved in my career.
I treated the qualies like I had played two practice sets and carried on, treated it like any other match”. Speaking about the incident, when one of Jaziri’s support staff leapt up out of his seat to protest about an overrule.
“He jumped up and started screaming, maybe it was to try and make me lose concentration,” said Evans. “His player wasn't doing too well out there. It made me focus even more and actually helped me so it wasn't his best move," he further assesed, giving this entire situation a strategic angle.