Dan Evans BEATEN in Wimbledon third round after losing in four sets to American world No 50 Sebastian Korda on Centre Court as British No 1 collapses in 15-minute spell during third set
- Dan Evans suffered a 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 loss to Sebastian Korda on Centre Court
- The 20-year-old stunned the British number one to move into the second week
- Evans levelled the match at one set all collapsed in 15 horror minutes in set three
- The British No 1 has still never made it into the second week of Wimbledon
Dan Evans’ Wimbledon third-round hoodoo continued after he lost to upcoming American Sebastian Korda on Centre Court.
The British number one has never made it to the second week at his home grand slam and falls at this stage for the third time after a 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 loss.
Evans, who also went out in the third round in 2016 and 2019, will be frustrated by this defeat as several net cords went against him at key moments, but he lost to a 20-year-old who looks destined for the top.
Dan Evans lost in round three of Wimbledon again – this time a four-set loss to Sebastian Korda
World number 50 Korda came out on top against Evans despite being ranked 28 places lower
Korda comes from a rich sporting family as his dad Petr was a former world number two and his sisters are leading golfers, with Nelly the current world number one.
It is a path that he too could follow as he has the game to match the best, with a powerful serve and good movement around the court, and he will play 25th seed Karen Khachanov in the fourth round on Monday on what is his 21st birthday.
Things could have been different had Evans, seeded 22 and the favourite coming into the match, taken some early break points midway through the first set, but Korda held on and inevitably struck in the next game.
Evans went long with a forehand at break down point at 3-4, allowing the American to serve it out and he got the job done with an emphatic smash at the net.
The pre-game favourite Evans levelled the match at one set all but fell apart in a 15-minute spell
The 31-year-old was not out of the encounter and took advantage of a rare error-prone service game from Korda midway through the second set to break serve and he was able to serve out to level at one set all.
The match was effectively decided in a 15-minute period in the third set where there were three consecutive breaks of serve.
Korda took Evans’ delivery to love to go 4-2 up but the Brit battled straight back to win a mammoth game, eventually winning on his fourth break point.
He could not build on it, though, as he was immediately broken again at 4-3 and Korda quickly closed the set.
20-year-old American Korda ran out a 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 winner on his Centre Court debut
Again Evans had chances and he will go to bed ruing another exchange of breaks in the fourth set.
After getting his nose in front to go 4-2 up, he could not take advantage of his lead and a really poor service game allowed Korda to break.
With it went Evans’ spirit as that was the first of four games that the American reeled off to mark his Centre Court debut in style.
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