Dan Evans started his preparation for Wimbledon as he recovered from a set all the way down to beat Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) within the first spherical in Nottingham.
The British primary made the best begin to the grass-court season and mentioned his want for matches pressured him to enter one other event bubble.
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“It’s a very strict bubble and it’s not supreme to be in one other bubble once more immediately however my tennis wanted it and that was the choice actually.
“The coach thought it might be good to play. It was a superb possibility and I’m completely satisfied I got here and performed and no matter occurred right this moment would have been a superb begin for the grass.
Only for my physique getting used to it, all types of issues, it has been good to play the best way I take pleasure in. I assumed I did a superb job right this moment.
Elsewhere, Britain’s Katie Boulter obtained her grass-court marketing campaign off to a successful begin in Nottingham with a 6-2 6-3 win over Colombia’s Maria Camila Osorio Serrano.
The world quantity 262 is joined within the second spherical by Harriet Dart, who beat fellow Briton Emma Raducanu 6-3 6-4.
Boulter, 24, who was ranked within the prime 100 earlier than a again damage two years in the past, mentioned: “I get nearer to the place I wish to be.
“I really feel my recreation is in a superb place.”
She added: “I really feel stronger than I ever have earlier than and I hope I can go loads additional this 12 months.
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“I wish to get my rating up, that is my primary objective and get again to the place I used to be and push ahead from there.”
Elsewhere, Briton Francesca Jones led Georgina Garcia Perez 3-1 within the third set however the Spaniard then required a medical time-out which led to Jones affected by full physique cramps.
Jones, 20, couldn’t recuperate from then and was crushed 4-6 6-3 6-4.
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