Evans reaches the third ATP Tour last of his profession
Brit Dan Evans is in good shape ahead of the Australian Open. In the final on Sunday he will face Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime. Evans is looking for his first title after losing the finals in Sydney in 2017 and Delray Beach in 2019
Last updated: 21/06/21 9:45 am
Dan Evans scored a 6: 2: 6: 2 victory after exactly one hour
Dan Evans dominated Jeremy Chardy and reached the third ATP Tour final of his career at the Murray River Open in Melbourne.
The British No. 1 played in excellent form in two games on Friday. The second brought him victory over Borna Coric, the fourth, in the warm-up event of the Australian Open.
Evans, who will face Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final on Sunday, started 4-0 against Chardy from France, who had won all three of his previous matches, and won after exactly one hour.
"I've served pretty well," Evans said in his court interview. "I was pretty clinical after my serve. I was a little tired after yesterday so I was pretty happy with my focus on coming out and backing it up after a good day yesterday."
Evans is looking for his first title after losing the finals in Sydney in 2017 and Delray Beach in 2019, where he held three match points against Radu Albot before suffering a loss.
The 30-year-old received brief treatment after the third game of the game, but downplayed any concerns, saying: "My calf was a little sore. I only had a small pain reliever but it's all good."
Auger-Aliassime, the third seed, was an even more convincing winner over Corentin Moutet 6-1 6-2 and hopes this will be the moment when he finally wins a first title.
Auger-Aliassime, who lost each of his six finals on the men's ATP Tour, said: "I am aware of my record in the final, but I think there is another game tomorrow. I had very difficult matchups in my last final It's different this time, but it doesn't mean it'll be easier. "
After Auger-Aliassime was eliminated from the Australian Open in the first round last year, he will meet the German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in the opening round of the first Grand Slam of the year and is confident that his game is in good shape.
"I am more and more mature in the way I play. I have the feeling that the games can bring me more consistency," he said. "I feel like a better player than I did 12 months ago so we'll see."
Former world number 1 Garbine Muguruza warned her rivals at the Australian Open with a 6-16-0 win over Marketa Vondrousova Yarra Valley Open Final against Ashleigh Barty.
Australian Barty, who currently tops the world rankings, made her place in the finals of Sunday's warm-up tournament when Serena Williams was eliminated from her semi-finals on Friday.
Daniil Medvedev released Russia into the final of the ATP Cup on Saturday with a tense 3-6 6-3 7-5 win against an injured Alexander Zverev after the German destroyed a racket frustrated over a lost break from duty.
Russia will face the surprise package Italy in the final on Sunday after Matteo Berrettini scored a 2-0 win over Spain against Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3: 7-5.
Dan Evans versus Cameron Norrie in the first round of the all British Aus Open
Evans and Cam Norrie meet in the first round of the Australian Open
Evans will meet compatriot Cameron Norrie in a Battle of the Brits at the Australian Open following Friday's draw, while Yorkshire's Fran Jones, born with a rare genetic disorder, will make her Grand Slam debut against Shelby Rogers.
Evans will face British number 3 Norrie for the first time since they met at a Challenger event in California five years ago – a match Evans won in straight sets.
There's the carrot for the winner of a possible third-round clash with second seed Rafael Nadal, while the pairing at least means there won't be a rerun of the October French Open that didn't make it through to the second round.
Evans is the 30th Seed and Britain's greatest hope for a good run along with the 13th Women's Seed Johanna Konta, who will play in the opening round against the Slovenian world No. 104 Kaja Juvan.
Francesca Jones will play in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time
qualification Jones, 20, who was born with a rare genetic condition called Ectrodactyly Ectodermal Dysplasia Syndrome – she has three fingers and a thumb on each hand, three toes on the right foot, and four toes on the left – is set to make her Grand Slam debut against Big – American Meet Rogers.
Heather Watson faces a rematch with the Czech Kristyna Pliskova, who she beat on the same stage last year Katie Boulter will play against former top 10 player Daria Kasatkina.
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