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Evans goes down to Robredo at US Open but will be back

September 1, 2013 10:27 am

Dan Evans insists his third-round exit at the US Open won’t be the last time he is seen at a Grand Slam; adamant he could have beaten Tommy Robredo and advanced further.

The 23-year-old, who came through qualifying to reach the main draw at Flushing Meadows, had two set points on his own serve to force the match into a decisive fifth but couldn’t take one.

Spaniard Robredo took full advantage to win 7-6, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 in a match that lasted well over three hours and will now face 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in the fourth round.

And, while disappointed at his failure, Evans, who beat 11th seed Kei Nishikori and Bernard Tomic to set up a third-round clash with Robredo, is full of belief he’ll be back on the Grand Slam stage soon.

"It was a tough one, especially to go down in the fourth set after serving for it and having two set points," said Evans.

"I felt in pretty much total control of the match. The last point is always the hardest one and I couldn't get that last point of the set to take it to a fifth.

"I just played two really loose points – that's all it was. They came at the wrong time. I just have to learn on that for next time."

"It's been a great experience, a great learning curve. I can definitely play with these guys so I should be confident going into the next tournaments."

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