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US Open 2021: Dan Evans sets up Daniil Medvedev clash after epic five-set comeback to beat Alexei Popyrin

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an Evans is thru to the fourth spherical of a Grand Slam match for less than the second time in his profession after an epic US Open comeback towards Alexei Popyrin.

The British no1 overturned a two-set deficit and gained a final-set tie-break to triumph 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 in an exciting five-set conflict that lasted for 4 hours on Court 17 at Flushing Meadows on Friday.

Evans is the primary Brit to succeed in the fourth spherical in New York since Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund each did so in 2016.

The solely time the world no27 had beforehand achieved that feat was on the Australian Open in 2017, when he beat the likes of Marin Cilic and Bernard Tomic earlier than dropping to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Evans will face an enormous problem within the spherical of 16 on Sunday within the type of two-time Grand Slam finalist and 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev, with the second seed having eased to a straight units victory over Spain’s Pablo Andujar.

“I didn’t think I did a bad job really in the first two sets,” Evans – who misplaced to Sebastian Korda within the third spherical at Wimbledon in July – informed Amazon Prime Video.

“It was very obvious how he was playing me. I think he dropped a little bit. I still had chances in the first two. In the fifth he started to go back that way, serving a lot better. I played a good tie-break. It was tough. I’m looking forward to relaxing.

“Coming back from Wimbledon where I was poor in the third round, it was difficult. My focus was really third round here once I got there was to put in a good performance today. I could have lost that match pretty easily. I had a great effort regardless so I’m proud of what I’ve done.”

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