Qatar Open: Dan Evans advances into second round with straight sets win

Dan Evans booked his place in the second round of the Qatar Open following a straight sets victory against Egor Gerasimov in Doha.

Evans, 31, back in action for the first time since his third-round exit at last month's Australian Open, recorded a comfortable 6-4 6-4 win.

The fifth seed will face either Malek Jaziri or Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for a place in the quarter-finals.

And Evans could meet Andy Murray in the last eight after the three-time grand slam winner received a wild card to compete in Qatar.

Murray will go up against Taro Daniel - the Japanese who beat him in the second round of the Australian Open - in his opening match on Tuesday.

Evans admitted at the time of his defeat in Melbourne that he panicked against Felix Auger-Aliassime.

He lost in straight sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 but said that despite his opponent's quality, it was himself who lost the game.

"It was total. I missed my chance and I panicked a bit and that happens in tennis. I'm not going to sit here and say he was too good. I panicked and I felt that.

"I'm not making excuses but it wasn't easy to have a walkover and I sort of lost my momentum a little bit and I never had that before, two days off," he said.

Daniel Evans of Great Britain falls during his semi final match against Aslan Karatsev of Russia on Day 5 of the Sydney Tennis Classic at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Friday, January 14, 2022.

"It was difficult. I thought about the match quite a lot and probably overthought it. And to be honest, he was way better than me as well. But I think I didn't get my game on court."

Evans will now begin his doubles campaign in Qatar alongside fellow Brit Ken Skupski on Tuesday. They take on Fabrice Martin and Andrey Golubev.

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