‘It feels like playing a mirror’

'It feels like playing a mirror'

Dan Evans gave a reminder of just what a talented player he is by pushing defending champion Roger Federer in the second round of the Australian Open.

The 28-year-old from Birmingham reached his career high two years ago by defeating Marin Cilic in Melbourne to make the fourth round before the self-inflicted exile of a cocaine ban left him having to start again.

He has worked his way back to 189 in the rankings in less than a year and should return quickly to the top 100 if he can maintain the form he showed here in a 7-6 (5) 7-6 (3) 6-3 defeat.

His four victories here in qualifying and the main draw will see him back up to around 160, while Federer can look forward to a 20th consecutive appearance in the third round.

The Swiss player said: “I think he played very well. It was hard to pull away and that’s to his credit. I was happy to win the first set, that was big.

“It feels like playing a mirror a little bit. I maybe just have a little bit more size and a bit more on my serve and maybe that was the difference.”

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