Top-ranked British tennis player Daniel Evans acknowledged he started very slowly against Cameron Norrie and that contributed to him suffering a surprise first round loss at Australian Open. Evans, seeded at No. 30, lost to fellow compatriot Norrie as the world No.
69 won in four sets 6-4 4-6 6-4 7-5. Evans lost the first set but broke Norrie in the 10th game of the second set to level the match at one set apiece. After losing the third set, Evans was twice up by a break in the fourth set but he failed to realize his chances as Norrie stole the fourth set to win in four sets.
"I think when you’re flat mentally, it pays off on you physically. I wasn’t very energetic, started very slowly," Evans said, per Metro UK. "You know, I prepared as well as I could, but I could feel myself talking a lot, and it was tough to get out of.
I was definitely probably tired mentally, and then – I did a good job to hang in the match. "But yeah, this is sort of exactly the reason I told you guys I wouldn’t play the week before the Grand Slams was to try and conserve my body, and it’s happened again."
Evans was mentally tired
Last week, Evans beat Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Murray River Open final to lift his maiden ATP title. "Obviously the circumstances have dictated that, but he lost first round last week, got shed-loads of practice in this week and then probably could dictate his own days, and I didn’t get that chance.
Granted, I won last week, but it doesn’t feel that good now," Evans added. "So yeah, it’s a bit bittersweet really. Like I want to do well in the Grand Slams, and due respect to that tournament, no one is going to remember I won that in three weeks’ time. "Yeah, it’s difficult to swallow, but you know, it is what it is now. I’ve had worse, so just move on