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Australian Open: Dan Evans beaten in straight sets by Felix Auger-Aliassime as British singles hopes end in third round

Dan Evans had reached the last 32 for the first time since 2017 having been given free passage with a walkover win over Arthur Rinderknech in the second round, but the 31-year-old faltered on Saturday, going down 6-4 6-1 6-1 to Felix Auger-Aliassime

Last Updated: 22/01/22 8:32am

Dan Evans’ Australian Open campaign is over after defeat in the third round

Britain’s last singles hope Dan Evans was beaten in straight sets by ninth-seeded Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Australian Open third round.

Evans had reached the last 32 for the first time since 2017 having been given free passage with a walkover win over Arthur Rinderknech in the second round, but faltered on Saturday, going down 6-4 6-1 6-1.

The 31-year-old had won their only previous meeting in the Murray River Open at the same venue 12 months ago to claim his only ATP Tour title, but a repeat never looked on the cards from the moment he slammed a forehand drive-volley into the net to lose the opening set.

Auger-Aliassime, 21, had spent eight hours on court in his first two matches but Evans was unable to capitalise on any weariness and make this an extended stay on John Cain Arena. The Canadian will face either Andrey Rublev or Marin Cilic in the fourth round.

Felix Auger-Aliassime won 91 per cent of points on his first serve during the match

Felix Auger-Aliassime won 91 per cent of points on his first serve during the match

“It’s tough to feel better,” said a smiling Auger-Aliassime following his win over Evans.

“It’s one of the best Grand Slam performances I’ve had. In the first set we were both serving well and I was fortunate to get that break point to close it out, after that for some reason everything was working for me today.

“I’m really happy because the first two matches were really tough for me, so I’m happy to be through in straight sets.”

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