Stat Attack - Dan Evans


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A new career high ranking, five wins against top 20 players and reaching the first ATP 500 semi-final of his career – it has certainly been a fantastic start to the season for British No. 1 Dan Evans. After an impressive start to the year with Great Britain at the ATP Cup, where he recorded big wins against David Goffin and Alex de Minaur, Evans’ season has gone from strength to strength, building on a successful 2019. The world No. 28 has so far managed to reach the quarter-finals at the Adelaide International and in Rotterdam and the semi-finals in Dubai.  

But what has been the secret to Evo’s success and what areas of his game have taken him to new heights? Let’s break down the stats.

Cool under pressure

One element of his game that Evo has really set himself ahead of the pack in is his ability to handle the pressure in close matches. He’s shown this all year, especially in his ATP Cup quarter-finals match against Alex de Minaur, where he managed to close out two tight tie-breaks to take the win. In fact, he ranks 4th amongst all players on the ATP Tour in tie-break win percentage at 70.6%. That’s better than Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

On break points he’s found varied success, saving 61.6% against him and managing to convert 37.2%. Meanwhile, he’s won 50% of the deciding sets that he’s been involved with over the last year. Overall Evans has impressed in the big moments and is ranked 20th across under pressure stats, with a rating of 219.4.

Dominant returner

An area where Evo has always excelled is on the return of serve. Back in 2018 he was the top ranked player across the ATP Tour for returns. The past 12 months has been no different – he’s 11th on the list of 1st serve return points won, having come out on top in 31.2% of points, and ranks 16th in return games won with 25%. Interesting to note that so far this year, Evans has won 58.3% of serves he’s faced down the mid-section of the court. To put this in perspective Russia’s Alexander Zverev is currently winning 27.3% in the same area.

On 2nd serves, he’s also putting up good numbers, having won 50% of those that he’s faced in the last year, putting him at 35th in the overall rankings. Needless to say, if you want a player returning against a big serve, Evo’s your guy.

What’s next?

Clearly it has been a brilliant start to Evans’ season and he ranks up there amongst the best as a top player under pressure and returning serve. If he keeps up this level of form for the rest of the season, British fans can expect great things from their No.1 once the ATP Tour returns.

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