Indian Wells: Dan Evans blows a good opportunity to reach the last 16, while Cameron Norrie advances

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Source: Skysports

Dan Evans blew a wonderful opportunity to advance to the final 16 of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, but Cameron Norrie prevailed in three sets.

The British No. 1 Evans was defeated 5-7 6-4 6-0 by Diego Schwartzman, while Norrie prevailed in a fourth set to upset Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 5-7 6-3.

Evans ran out of gas after leading by a set and a break as world No. 15 Schwartzman rallied from the brink of defeat.

After dropping the first set and trailed 3-1 and 4-2 in the second, the Argentine turned it around to shatter Evans’ aspirations of breaking into the ATP’s top 20.

Evans was broken to go 3-1 down in the first set, but after falling behind 5-2, he found another level and ripped off the next five games to win 7-5 after one hour and two minutes.

Evans, who came from behind to overcome Kei Nishikori in the second round 4-6 6-3 6-4 on Sunday, broke Schwartzman for the third time at the start of the second set and then held to lead 2-0.

Schwartzman ended a seven-game losing streak by holding to make it 2-1, but he had to save another breakpoint in the fifth game.

Both players then held service, with Evans serving to go up 5-3, before two unforced errors handed the initiative back to Schwartzman, who broke serve to tie the game at 4-4.

Evans failed to convert two more breakpoints and trailed for the first time in the second set at 5-4 before being broken again to lose 6-4.

Schwartzman was fired up at the start of the final, and the tide flipped when he broke Evans to take a 3-0 lead.

Evans had lost his way – both physically and in terms of shot execution – and additional blunders caused him to lose serve again, falling 4-0 behind.

Schwartzman held to love for a 5-0 lead and completed his comeback by breaking Evans for the third time in a one-sided final set.

Norrie’s victory over Bautista Agut extended his excellent hard-court run, which included a trip to the final in San Diego earlier this month, where he defeated Evans. And that added insult to injury for the Spaniard, a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 2019, whom Norrie famously defeated in five sets on his Davis Cup debut in 2018.

That was Norrie’s first professional season, and few predicted his meteoric rise into the world’s top 30.

In a tense match, Norrie, 26, was broken four times and saved ten more break point opportunities, but he harassed his opponent’s serve throughout and broke six times to win and set up a meeting with American Tommy Paul.

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