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19 - 27 May 2018

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Loughborough Trophy: Evans defeats second seed

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  • 22/05/2018

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Dan Evans ousted Australian second seed No.2 Max Purcell in dominant fashion to secure a second round berth at the Loughborough Trophy.

In just his second tournament following a 12-month suspension, the former British No.2 looked confident on court and despite only converting three from eight break points, defeated Purcell 6-4, 6-2. 

“It was a tough draw, obviously, for both of us,” Evans said. “I thought he played pretty good points on break points, and I didn’t think I did much wrong. I was thinking about that in the match when I lost the break points. I still thought I played those points well. I’ve been playing well, I didn’t expect to do so well but obviously there’s some more work to do this week.”
 
He will next face 19-year-old fellow qualifier Jurij Rodionov on Thursday and will be hoping for a belated present for his 28th birthday, which he celebrates on Wednesday.
 
Evans and his doubles partner, Lloyd Glasspool, withdrew from the event due to the injury Glasspool sustained during his singles match yesterday.

In the final match of the day, local player Luke Bambridge fell to Austria’s Rodionov 7-5 6-4. The Brit was broken serving for the first set at 5-3, which saw Rodionov capitalise and go on to win another three consecutive games.
 
Bambridge and partner Jonny O’Mara - who recently made the Glasgow Trophy doubles final – will play Australian duo Dayne Kelly and Max Purcell on Wednesday.
 
“I’m focusing a lot more on doubles now, and looking to try and break that Top 100 soon. We’re both playing well, both confident and there is a lot to look forward to over the next few weeks,” commented Bambridge, whose current doubles ranking is 111.

Opening round doubles matches saw British duo Scott Duncan and Isaac Stoute upset Christian Harrison and Edan Leshem as they battled back to win 3-6, 6-2, [10-7]. Both Stoute and Duncan are university students - at Sussex and Stirling respectively and it was their first match together. 
 
“It’s good to win matches at this level and get some experience at this level, because we mostly play Futures events,” said Duncan.

Meanwhile, fellow British wild cards Billy Harris and George Houghton narrowly missed out on a second round spot after falling 7-6(6), 4-6, [14-12] to Cem Ilkel and Aldin Setkic. 

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