British No.1 Dan Evans is ending 2020 on an actual excessive and one key statistic confims he has been one of many stars of a weird 2020 tennis season.
Whereas the Covid-19 disaster has been the dominant storyline over the previous few months, Evans has cemented his standing as one of many recreation’s most harmful opponents with a glut of wins towards greater ranked opponents.
Friday night time’s battling three-set win towards Grigor Dimitrov in Vienna was his eighth victory towards a prime 20 opponent this 12 months, placing him in an elite record of gamers who’ve claimed wins towards prime ranked opponents within the final 52-weeks.
*Most wins towards High-20 gamers, final 52 weeks, thanks @tumcarayol
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 30, 2020
Whereas Evans, 30, has admitted he was frustarted by his performances on the US Open and French Open, he has excelled in tour occasions and has crushed prime 20 rivals Karen Khachanov, Andrey Rublev and David Goffin in 2020.
That backed up a powerful run of leads to 2019 which have helped him shut in on a prime 30 end within the year-end ATP rankings, with Andy Murray amongst these impressed by Evans’ rise.
“I like watching him. He performs rather well, strikes properly. He’s received a special fashion to a number of guys on the tour,” states the previous world No.1.
“Am I stunned he has received that top within the rankings? From the place he has come from, with the problems he has had off the court docket, I’d say he has finished extraordinarily properly to stand up there. Now he’s there, he has a recreation that a number of guys gained’t like enjoying towards.
“He appears very targeted on his tennis simply now and is working laborious, competing extraordinarily laborious each single week. He will certainly give himself alternatives to get greater within the rankings.”
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