Australian Open

Evans edges Tomic for best Slam showing

2017-01-20 12:50
Bernard Tomic (Getty)

Melbourne - British terrier Dan Evans savoured his best Grand Slam showing with a tenacious straight-sets win over local hope Bernard Tomic at the Australian Open on Friday.

The pumped-up, 51st-ranked Evans eliminated Australia's last remaining men's contender in a 7-5, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/3) win over the 27th seed to reach the fourth round.

Evans lined up a round of 16 encounter with the 2008 finalist and 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

It is Evans's best Grand Slam result, having reached the third round of both the 2013 and 2016 US Opens and last year's Wimbledon.

"It was just tough. Bernie is difficult, he is unorthodox when he plays, he plays aggressive," Evans said.

"I found it hard at the start but happy to have come through.

"I was just focusing on the end goal the whole time."

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