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Evans is off to a flying start in Adelaide

Dan Evans
Dan Evans

By Steve Simpson

British No.1 Dan Evans advanced to the second round of the Adelaide International following a comfortable straight-sets victory over Juan Ignacio Londero.

Evans' impressive form for Great Britain at the ATP Cup has earned him a first Grand Slam seeding at the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne.

The 29-year-old dominantly dispatched Argentinian Londero, breaking four times on his way to a 6-2 6-4 victory in an hour and 25 minutes.

He will face Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik in the last-16.

Jeremy Chardy of France beat compatriot Gilles Simon 6-3 7-5, while American Sam Querrey fired 28 aces and did not face a break point during his 6-7 (4) 6-2 7-6 (5) comeback win over French qualifier Gregoire Barrere.

Australian Alex de Minaur withdrew from the tournament yesterday, citing an abdominal injury, after seven-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic had already pulled out.

Elsewhere, South African qualifier Lloyd Harris upset Chilean sixth seed Cristian Garin 7-6 (5) 3-6 6-4 and Australian wildcard James Duckworth overcame Argentinian Federico Delbonis 6-4 6-4.

At the ASB Classic in Auckland, British No.2 Cameron Norrie suffered an early exit at the hands of qualifier Thiago Monteiro.

Norrie, who grew up in New Zealand, was beaten 7-6 (3) 6-2 by the 25-year-old Brazilian.

Fifth seed Benoit Paire defeated Italian Jannik Sinner 6-4 2-6 6-4, while Polish sixth seed Hubert Hurkacz overcame Lorenzo Sonego 7-5 6-3.

Frenchman Ugo Humbert won 7-6 (3) 2-6 6-3 against Norway's Casper Ruud, American Tennys Sandgren beat New Zealander Michael Venus 6-4 6-3, and Sweden's Mikael Ymer defeated American Frances Tiafoe 6-4 5-7 6-1.

At the Hobart International, British No.2 Heather Watson beat Switzerland's Jil Teichmann.

The 27-year-old won 1-6 6-4 6-4 and will face Fiona Ferro in the last-16.

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