(August 26, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Making his US Open main draw debut, British qualifier Dan Evans upset No. 11 seed Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
“I was pretty calm today,” said Evans. “It wasn’t like ‑‑ wasn’t that much of a big deal what was happening on the court. I wasn’t nervous serving it out.
“Just played ‑‑ I played another good match. I’ve played some good matches for the last five weeks. It was just ‑‑ like I really want to go far in the tournament, win a few more matches. Like today I did, and I’m ready to play again.”
“I didn’t play well these three weeks two Masters,” Nishikori said. “I thought I was getting better, but still, you know, serve wasn’t there and, you know, there was a lot of unforced errors that I shouldn’t do.
“And plus, you know, he played good serve and good returns.”
The 23-year-old Evans, ranked 179th in the world played aggressively and broke the Japanese player’s serve six times.
“I’m happy with how the day went and how the match went, but I really want to win the second round,” said Evans. One round isn’t enough at the minute. So I want to win again on Thursday.”