Sony Open: Dan Evans secures qualifying victory over Tim Smyczek
Dan Evans beat Tim Smyczek in Miami on Monday to move through to the final qualifying round for the Sony Open.
Last Updated: 17/03/14 9:04pm
The British No 2 upset the rankings to get the better of the world No 98 6-4 6-2 with a performance that belied the 39 places between them in the pecking order.
Evans now faces a clash with Jimmy Wang on Tuesday, with a place in the main draw up for grabs. Wang's opponent, Aleksandr Nedovyesov, retired from their clash.
A place in the top 100 of the rankings beckons for Evans if he can progress, with his form in 2014 a high point for the British game.
With Andy Murray still getting used to the Tour again after back surgery, Evans made the semi-finals in Croatia last month and also played in the main draw at Indian Wells.
He sent down seven aces against Smyczek and despite struggling on his first serve, backed-up sufficiently with 83 per cent of the points on his second delivery to get the job done.