Dan Evans vs Marcos Giron - Murray River Open ATP
Wednesday February 3rd, 2021 / 8:00pm EST
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Eighth seeded Dan Evans of Great Britain faces unseeded American Marcos Giron in the Round of 16 at the Murray River Open in Melbourne, Australia. The match will be played on Wednesday February 3rd, 2021 at approximately 8:00pm EST. They have never played each other before so there is no head to head history to look at. Will the seeded player advance to the Quarter-Final as expected? Or can the American continue his run here in Melbourne.
Dan Evans is currently ranked #33 which is near his career high of #28. He had a very solid season in 2020 and will look to build on that and break back into the top 30. He has a good all court game with a strong serve, and his main strength is how he varies the pace of the ball, using his backhand slice to great effect. There was a bit of rust as expected during his win over Pedro Sousa in the previous round but he fought through well and won in straight sets. He enters this match as the favorite but knows it will not be easy as the American has more tennis under his belt in 2021.
Unseeded American Marcos Giron had a very impressive win in the Second Round over Adrian Mannarino, defeating the 10th seed in straight sets. Currently ranked #72, he is yet to lose a set here in Melbourne and is gaining some serious momentum. He is a very solid player who hardly commit any unforced errors, so the onus will be on Evans to try to hit through him, which is going a bit out of his comfort zone. Giron is the clear underdog here but by virtue of playing more tennis here in Melbourne and also on the year he will fancy his chances of causing an upset here.
This match has potential to be much closer than it seems. While Evans is a very good player, he is just beginning to shake the rust off and Giron will be seeking to exploit that. The fact that Giron is very consistent may make Evans have to go out of his comfort zone which is defense and attack a bit more, which will result in more errors. I will still back Dan Evans to win here, but it should be a close one.