Dan Evans progresses to Rotterdam Open second round
Evans to face Russian Karen Khachanov in next round
Last Updated: 11/02/20 7:26pm
Dan Evans moved smoothly through to the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam with a straight-sets win over qualifier Philipp Kohlschreiber.
The British world No 33 needed just an hour and 17 minutes to overcome the 81st-ranked German 6-3 7-5.
Evans needed just two breaks of serve to dispense with Kohlschreiber, serving eight aces to four and winning 85 per cent of points on his first serve.
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The unseeded Evans will now face either 17th-ranked Karen Khachanov in the 32-man hardcourt tournament after the Russian upset fifth-seed Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-3.
Sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut survived a major scare against Hungarian qualifier Marton Fucsovics to reach the second round.
The Spanish world No 12 dropped the first set against the 66th-ranked Fucsovics before rallying to win 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 in two hours and 17 minutes.
Bautista Agut will face countryman Pablo Carreno Busta, the world No 30, who also needed three sets to defeat a lower-ranked opponent, overcoming France's Adrian Mannarino 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 6-4.
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Eighth-seed Denis Shapovalov was a first-round casualty, losing 6-3 7-6 (3) to 22nd-ranked Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
British No 1 Johanna Konta was also victorious as she and France's Caroline Garcia beat Vivian Heisen and Valeriya Strakhova 6-3 3-6 10-5 to win their doubles match-up at the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
The world No 14 is due to play either Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova or Oceane Dodin in the singles on Wednesday.