Tournament: Canadian Open 2022
Round: Third round (Round of 16)
Date: August 11, 2022
Venue: Montreal, Canada
Category: ATP Masters 1000
Prize money: $5,926,545
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | Canada - Sportsnet, TVA Sports | UK - Amazon Prime Video | India - Sports 18
Taylor Fritz vs Dan Evans preview
A rematch is on the cards on Thursday as 10th seed Taylor Fritz will face off against Dan Evans for a second time within a week in the third round of the Canadian Open.
The No. 1 American reigned supreme against his compatriot Frances Tiafoe 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round in Montreal. He also cruised past former World No. 1 Andy Murray 6-1, 6-3 in the opening round.
Fritz has been on the rise this season. He recently reached a career-high ranking of World No. 12 owing majorly to his two titles and multiple quarterfinal runs in tournaments over the course of the year.
The American emerged triumphant at the Indian Wells Masters, where he was the home favorite. He defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the final to lift his second career title and first Masters 1000 crown. Fritz later won the Eastbourne International against fellow American Maxime Cressy 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5).
The 24-year-old was also a part of the last eight at the claycourt event in Houston, the Dallas Open, the Monte-Carlo Masters and at Wimbledon. Dan Evans, meanwhile, got the better of World No. 8 Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-4 in the second round in Montreal. He bested Filip Krajinovic in his opener in three sets, bageling the Serb in the decider.
The Brit hasn’t had too many spectacular results this season. He started the year off by reaching the semifinals of the Sydney International, which has been his best result of 2022 so far. He contested the Nottingham Challenger in June and emerged victorious, defeating Jordan Thompson in the final.
At the Citi Open, Evans reached the quarterfinals after Taylor Fritz retired mid-match 3-6, 7-6 (6), 4-1, citing heat exhaustion, and Evans even saved a match point against Fritz in the second set tiebreak. He was beaten by eventual finalist Yoshihito Nishioka in the third round in Washington DC.
Taylor Fritz vs Dan Evans head-to-head
Fritz and Evans are tied in their head-to-head 1-1. The American overcame the Brit 6-3, 6-2 at the 2021 Italian Open while Evans advanced to the Citi Open quarterfinals after Fritz retired.
Taylor Fritz vs Dan Evans odds
(All odds are sourced from bet365)
Taylor Fritz vs Dan Evans prediction
Fritz will be the favorite to win this encounter. The American has a very strong service game and thus earns quick points against his contemporaries. Fritz served up 11 aces in his previous encounter against Frances Tiafoe.
The Indian Wells champion attacks the corners of his opponent’s side with his powerful forehand to produce winners and the American has significantly improved his movement on the court this season.
Evans, meanwhile, implements a defensive strategy against most opponents. He uses various tactics and volleys regularly but has a weak baseline game and mostly utilizes a slice backhand. Evans will want to ensure he puts up a solid serving performance against the American.
The Brit landed 54% of his first serve against Krajinovic and was taken the distance. If Fritz serves well and takes advantage of Evans' serve and backhand without making too many errors, he will be poised to reach the quarterfinals of the Canadian Open.
Pick: Fritz to win in three sets.