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Australian Open: Bernard Tomic goes down fighting against Britain’s Dan Evans

Bernard Tomic’s run at the Australian Open came to an end as he fell to British tennis star Dan Evans in the third round of the tournament.

tennis Updated: Jan 20, 2017 16:39 IST
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Dan Evans continued his brilliant run at the Australian Open as he defeated Bernard Tomic in (REUTERS)

Dan Evans continued his fairytale run at Melbourne Park by beating local world number 27 Bernard Tomic 7-5 7-6(2) 7-6(3) on Friday to become to reach the last 16 of the Australian Open.

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The 26-year-old, who upset seventh seed Marin Cilic in the second round, prevailed at the end of a thrilling two-hour 48-minute battle in a highly-charged atmosphere on Hisense Arena to end Australia’s interest in the men’s singles draw.

Australia's Bernard Tomic hits a return against Britain's Daniel Evans during their men's singles third round match on day five of the Australian Open. ( AFP )

Dan Evans refused to play on and insisted the stadium roof be closed when rain started falling on the court late in the third set but recovered his composure to win the tiebreak and set up a meeting with France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

World number one Andy Murray’s 6-4 6-2 6-4 win over Sam Querrey preceded Evans’s match on the same court, ensuring a double British presence in the fourth round for the first time since Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski in 2001.

First Published: Jan 20, 2017 16:31 IST