Evans Powers Into Adelaide Quarter-finals
The Brit missed an opportunity to serve out the first set at 5-4, but responded by winning eight of the next 10 games to advance in 75 minutes. Evans arrived in top form after a solid run at the ATP Cup, where he went 3-1 in singles play and scored a Top 20 win against Alex de Minaur in Great Britain’s quarter-final tie against Australia.
He’ll play the winner of American Sam Querrey and third-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev for a place in the semi-finals. Rublev captured his third ATP Tour title last week at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha (d. Moutet).
In first-round action, American qualifier Tommy Paul won 82 per cent of his first-serve points (27/33) to ease past Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-4. The 22-year-old Paul broke into the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings last September on the back of winning three ATP Challenger Tour titles and earning his first ATP Masters 1000 victory in Montreal. Next up for him is Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas.
"The beginning was very close... He was playing very well, especially with the backhand, not missing and very aggressive. I managed to turn it a bit around. I'm very happy with the way I played," Struff said.
“It's always difficult to start the season, first match today against Jordan. He's a difficult opponent always. I'm happy because for the first match I think I played pretty good,” Ramos-Vinolas said.
Dodig/Polasek, Murray/Skupski Advance
Fourth seeds Ivan Dodig/Filip Polasek opened their season with a 6-3, 7-6(4) victory against Chris Guccione/Robert Lindstedt. The Croatian-Slovakian duo won their first team Masters 1000 title last August in Cincinnati (d. Cabal/Farah) and made their first team appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals. Dodig/Polasek take on Cristian Garin/Juan Ignacio Londero in the next round.
Jamie Murray/Neal Skupski enjoyed a strong finish to their 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 first-round win over Marcelo Demoliner/Matwe Middelkoop. The British pair will meet Jurgen Melzer/Edouard Roger-Vasselin in quarter-final action.
Wesley Koolhof/Nikola Mektic upset third seeds and reigning Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies 7-6(3), 6-2. They'll next face Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury, who beat Roman Jebavy/Igor Zelenay 6-2, 6-3.