A shocking comeback from Englishman Dave Evans despatched Australian Alexei Popyrin packing from Flushing Meadows.
In a loss that will hang-out the Australian for a while, Popyrin led two units to like however could not struggle off a resurgent Evans, who prevailed within the deciding tiebreak to achieve the last-16 of the US Open for the primary time with a 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(1) victory.
In a 4 hour basic, Popyrin regarded dominant within the opening two units, exhibiting a lot of the shape that noticed him dispatch of the injured Grigor Dimitrov within the final spherical.
The Aussie was trying to advance to the fourth spherical of a Grand Slam event for the primary time in his profession and in addition aiming to attain consecutive wins in opposition to a seeded opponent at a Grand Slam.
As a substitute it was the primary time Popyrin went down after main by two units, leaving the Aussie despondent on the aspect of the courtroom.
Total, Popyrin hit 77 winners and served 18 aces however could not maintain his unforced error rely down later within the match.
31-year-old Evans did not hit as many winners because the Aussie, with 48, however performed a cleaner recreation because the match wore on, committing simply eight unforced errors throughout the 5 units. Within the ultimate set he hit only one unforced error.
It’s the fourth five-set win of Evans’ profession – and the second time the veteran has recovered from a two-set deficit.
Popyrin was the final remaining Australian within the US Open 2021 males’s singles draw.
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