Former champion Marin Cilic ends Dan Evans’ US Open run in four sets

Dan Evans’ run at the US Open ended in a four-set loss to former champion Marin Cilic in the third round.

Evans had hoped to follow up on last year’s performance at Flushing Meadows when he reached the last 16, but on Saturday in a nearly four-hour battle he went down to 17th as a loser 7-6 (11), 6-7 ( 3) 6-2 7-5.

The British number two will rue the three missed set points in the first set tie-break, with Cilic proving the stronger in the big moments.

The pair had met before, at the Australian Open in 2017 when Evans won in four sets and reached the fourth round of a slam for the first time.

It’s now eight years since Cilic won the title here and he’s in the final stages of his career but he’s been in fine form this season, particularly with his French Open semifinals.

The most memorable moments in the early stages of the game came from an overzealous fan. Evans finally complained to the referee, which resulted in a “kick him out” chant from the other spectators.

Evans had to work hard to stay level and he saved two set points to send the opener into a tiebreak.

He then created three chances to win the set, but failed to capitalize on any of them and made a double fault on the third.

Dan Evans hits a backhand in his loss to Marin Cilic (Andres Kudacki/AP).


Cilic, who frequently hit double digits with his repeated serve, also showed nerve but on his fifth chance he eventually secured a set that lasted an hour and 22 minutes.

The second was just as competitive as Evans got the early break he craved only for Cilic to hit back.

The Croatian looked on his way to a two-set lead as he broke his opponent again to lead 6-5 but Evans is a supreme fighter and he hit back to force another tiebreak to deny he fetched this time.

Cilic backed up well early in the third, using his greater power to regain the upper hand and Evans stared at the barrel in the fourth.

He brilliantly saved a match point at 4-5 with a backhand down the line but three more came on his next service game and this time Cilic was undeniable. Former champion Marin Cilic ends Dan Evans’ US Open run in four sets

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