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Red-hot Evans sails through in Rotterdam



All good: Dan Evans had no trouble in reaching round two

All good: Dan Evans had no trouble in reaching round two

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All good: Dan Evans had no trouble in reaching round two

Dan Evans moved smoothly through to the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam with a straight-sets win over qualifier Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The British World No.33 needed just an hour and 17 minutes to overcome the 81st-ranked German 6-3 7-5.

Evans needed just two breaks of serve to dispense with Kohlschreiber, serving eight aces to four and winning 85% of points on his first serve.

The unseeded Evans will now face either fifth seed Fabio Fognini or 17th-ranked Russian Karen Khachanov in the 32-man hard court tournament.

Sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut survived a major scare against Hungarian qualifier Marton Fucsovics.

The Spanish World No.12 dropped the first set against the 66th-ranked Fucsovics before rallying to win 4-6 7-6 (1) 6-1.

Bautista Agut will face countryman Pablo Carreno Busta, the World No.30, who also needed three sets to defeat a lower-ranked opponent, overcoming France's Adrian Mannarino 7-5 6-7 (3) 6-4.

Eighth seed Denis Shapovalov was a first-round casualty, losing 6-3 7-6 (3) to 22nd-ranked Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

Meanwhile, Great Britain have been drawn away to Mexico in April's Fed Cup play-offs.

Britain's defeat by Slovakia last weekend means they must beat Mexico to avoid dropping back into the Europe/Africa Zone and give themselves another chance of reaching finals week next year.

Captain Anne Keothavong will despair at yet another away tie, particularly one so far away and likely to again be staged on clay.

A long trip means Keothavong's faint hopes of persuading Johanna Konta, who has said she will not play in the competition this year, to change her mind appear non-existent.

The contest is on April 17-18.

Belfast Telegraph