Dan Evans lives just the down road from me in Cheltenham. A quick walk a journey on the 94 bus and were there!
Right now he is out in Sydney and will soon be heading to Melbourne. Following Andy Murray’s withdrawal from ATP Cup he was the star player and he played up to that billing but where could his year take him?
When the next set of rankings are announced Dan will be at a career high of around 32 in the world meaning he is expected to be a seed at a Grand Slam for the first time when Tennis hits Melbourne Park in a couple of weeks time.
I’ll be honest, I have never been Dan’s biggest fan but have been impressed on how he has turned his career around following the drugs ban he received. I remember his matches at the 2013 US Open which was the first year I watched him.
He has always had a solid game and his backhand and net skills make him such a dangerous player.
It has been at times like watching Federer in the way he executes his game. He has spent a lot of time with Federer on the practice court as well and has trained with him in Basel too.
Dan this season, he could go where he wants. I would like to see a bit more from him at a big event whether it be Masters or Grand Slam.
To reach a career high this early in the season including some big wins against Goffin, De Minaur, Albot and pushing Grigor Dimitrov to three is a fantastic way to begin his year. I do see him finding more consistency and I wouldn’t be surprised if he made it into the top 20.