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US Open: Dan Evans' run at Flushing Meadows ended by top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz

Dan Evans snatched a set off defending champion Carlos Alcaraz but was ultimately outclassed by the Spaniard in a four-set humdinger on Arthur Ashe Stadium I Watch the final Grand Slam of the year in New York - live on Sky Sports Tennis

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Highlights of Carlos Alcaraz against Dan Evans from Round Three of the US Open

Britain's Dan Evans produced a battling performance but was ultimately outclassed by top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz in a four-set third-round classic at the US Open.

Evans pushed world No 1 Alcaraz to four sets in a high-quality and hugely entertaining match which went the way of the defending champion 6-2 6-3 4-6 6-3.

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Alcaraz was happy to get through a tough match against Evans

"He's a tricky opponent, great slices, good touch and it's my game as well so it was a pretty good match," said Alcaraz.

"We made great points, great shots, a lot of different situations, so I'm really happy to get through

"We played some great points that made us smile, Dan as well. It's great to see Dan and I on a tennis court, we tried to entertain and make the match fun."

Alcaraz knows defending his US Open title will put him alongside Roger Federer in the history books.

"Of course I watch the draw… I see the opponents that I can play against," said the Spaniard. "But I'm focused day by day, obviously to defend the title here, it's a goal for me. I know nobody has defended the title here since Federer, so I would love to be part of history here. It's my main goal."

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Feliciano Lopez claimed Alcaraz hit the shot of the year to break Evans in the fourth set

The top-seeded Spaniard breezed through his opening matches at Flushing Meadows and at first appeared on track for another easy win but had to find his best form after Evans mounted a third-set comeback.

Alcaraz moved through the first set like a freight train, winning the first four games, while 26th-seeded Evans failed to convert his break points chances.

Evans was playing well, but Alcaraz simply raised his level and won the second set with an exquisite lob and volley which brought gasps from the spectators.

Never one to give up without a fight, Evans promptly played one of the best sets of his career.

He broke for 4-3 and, serving for the set, forced Alcaraz into some of the most outrageous clutch winners.

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Alcaraz and Evans played in an incredible point which left the frustrated Brit slamming his racket to the ground

The pair, who played golf together at Wimbledon, frequently exchanged knowing looks and grins, such was the quality of the cat-and-mouse tennis on show.

It took Evans, 33, five set points to make the breakthrough, prompting a suddenly exasperated Alcaraz to slam his racket down in frustration.

But Alcaraz turned the match back in his favour with another stunning shot on break point. On the run and at full stretch, he unleashed a forehand down the line which clipped the baseline.

Evans stood, hands on hips, in sheer disbelief before throwing his racket at the net.

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Evans just about got the better of Carlos Alcaraz in what the commentators described as one of the points of the tournament

The 20-year-old Alcaraz had tapped into his superior speed and agility to tame Evans, 13 years his senior.

Two aces, another sensational lob onto the baseline and a 61st winner of the match finished Evans off, but Alcaraz knew he had been in a contest.

Tale of the Tape

Alcaraz vs Evans: Tale of the Tape

Alcaraz Match Stats Evans
6 Aces 8
4 Double Faults 5
73% 1st serve win percentage 69%
70% 2nd serve win percentage 42%
6/17 Break points won 2/7
61 Total winners 28
23 Unforced errors 24
132 Total points won 106

Konta impressed with Evans' attitude

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Johanna Konta said Evans wanted to face Alcaraz and believed he had the game to beat him in what proved to be the match of the tournament so far

Former British No 1 Johanna Konta told Sky Sports Tennis: "It was so impressive to see him stay so positive. At the start it wasn't looking like a contest, but Evans found a way and gave Alcaraz a hard time. It wasn't meant to be but hats off to Evans.

"You can see the enjoyment factor from Evans' body language. This is the match he wanted to play. He wanted to face Alcaraz in the third round of the US Open, and it was great to see him play with belief."

Top 10 points

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Watch the top ten points as Evans gave Alcaraz a real run for his money at the US Open on Saturday

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