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Evans will keep focused against fearless teen in Davis Cup clash

By Eleanor Crooks

Dan Evans must try to quell the fearlessness of youth after Canada put their faith in 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov for this weekend's Davis Cup match.

The Wimbledon junior king will open the tie against Evans at Ottawa's Arena at TD Place today in his first live rubber. The boot is on the other foot for Evans, this his first tie as British No.1 in the absence of Andy Murray.

The 26-year-old has frequently been the lower-ranked wild card, but must cope with the extra pressure his elevation into the world's top 50 brings.

He knows what an exciting talent Shapovalov is having faced him at a second-tier Challenger tournament last year, winning in three sets.

"It was a good match," Evans said. "He played well and I won in three tight sets. It will be a good match (on Friday). He has a big game, he likes to be aggressive and dictate play. I have to try and get on top of him.

"In Davis Cup there's always some upsets so I have to respect Denis and give it my all."

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