Top-ranked British tennis player Daniel Evans was fully locked in on delivering his best tennis at the Murray River Open and winning his maiden ATP title in Melbourne. Evans, ranked at No. 33 in the world, handed a straight-set defeat to rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2 6-3 in the Murray River Open final.
Evans didn't drop a single set en route to winning it all as he also beat Pedro Sousa, Marcos Giron, Borna Coric and Jeremy Chardy in straight sets. “[In] the past three matches, I really put my game on the court and was decisive in how I was going to play,” Evans said after winning the title, per the ATP website.
“I made clear decisions, and [decided] to come forward and be aggressive. The match point probably summed it up, to hit a forehand down the line and finish at the net was a pretty good way to finish it”.
Evans delivered in the final
The two players were tied at two games apiece after the opening four games of the match but then Evans claimed back-to-back breaks to win the opener.
Auger-Aliassime served out the opening game of the second set to end Evans' run but it didn't help much as the Briton earned two breaks in the rest of the set to wrap up a straight-set win. “I didn't play great in the first two rounds… I didn't feel great at all.
Hanging in, I found my level in the end and here we are," said Evans. "I played good tennis [in] the past three matches, probably some of the best stuff I've played”. Evans badly wanted to win a maiden ATP title and admitted winning one felt great.
“I wanted to win [a title], but today was just another match. I approached it in that way," Evans said. "Everybody wants to win. It's a great feeling to win”.