Wimbledon 2019: Dan Evans beats Nikoloz Basilashvili to reach round three

Dan Evans celebrates
Dan Evans celebrates

An emotional Dan Evans matched his best run at Wimbledon with a convincing straight-sets victory over 18th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili - but Cameron Norrie is out.

The British number three matched his most successful run at Wimbledon by making the third round and is closing in on a return to the top 50 just over 12 months after returning to the sport without a ranking following his year-long cocaine ban.

After sealing a 6-3 6-2 7-6 (2) victory on Court Two, Evans thrust his hands to the sky with tears in his eyes.

"I just want to do well at this tournament," he said later.

"It was a goal to be in the main draw here. I did that. Obviously I missed out the last few years. To be into the third round is great for me.

"A lot of my friends were here, people who have helped me so much. It just got the better of me today. There's plenty more tennis to be played in this tournament, so I won't be resting on that win.

"I believe I can do better now than before. I was just playing tennis. I probably didn't know the magnitude of winning matches in grand slams. It's a big deal to be winning matches in the best tournaments in the world, especially here at Wimbledon, at your home slam, with so much tradition at the tournament.

"I want to go as far as I can here. For me it's the best grand slam, so I can't wait to play again."

Another reason for the emotion was relief after a match that had looked utterly straight forward, with Evans' grass-court guile befuddling Basilashvili, threatened to get complicated.

The 29-year-old had his first two match points at 5-2 in the third set, one more in the next game before being broken back and then a fourth in the next but could not take any of them.

He won the tie-break emphatically, though, to move through to a third-round clash with unseeded Portuguese Joao Sousa, who knocked out former finalist Marin Cilic.

Cameron Norrie's 2019 Wimbledon experience in the singles may be over but it has left him with the taste for more.

Norrie went out in the second round after suffering a 6-4 6-4 6-0 defeat to eighth seed Kei Nishikori on Centre Court.

It was his first outing on the main show court and it was reward for his maiden main draw win at SW19 on Tuesday.

He was not in the game beyond the midway point of the first set as Nishikori ran him ragged with an almost unplayable return of serve, but the 23-year-old is feeling upbeat.

"I think the other day to get my first win was so special for me," he said. "And to win doubles in five sets on Wednesday was great, too.

"To see the schedule and I was on Centre Court, kind of felt like everything was leading up to, everything was kind of going perfectly.

"And then I woke up this morning, I really thought I could win. I think it was a great experience for me, and I think I have progressed a lot with my tennis and with my game.

"So I think I'm really excited for next year and I think grass could be my favourite surface next year."

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