Klizan beats Ward 6/2 4/6 6/4 7/6(4).
GBR and SVK level at 1-1, going into the doubles.
Evans was brilliant.
Sure, Lacko wasn't at his best, but it is clear that Evans has a new attitude to his tennis. He has evidently worked hard in the gym, and on his game. The serve is stronger than it was two years ago, and he played with a scary level of belief. Even when he was twice a break down to Lacko in that second set, he shrugged his shoulders and broke back immediately on both occasions. The old Evans would have thrown in the towel at that point (and already a set down). He played very positive, aggressive tennis and took his game to a world class player. Credit to him, and he fully deserves that win. Hopefully he can use this as a platform for the rest of the season...he has the talent to challenge for top 150, and can certainly take the Brit #2 spot off Ward along the way.
Ward losing to Klizan was a bit of a disappointment. I wasn't expecting him to win, but I felt that he had a realistic shot. To be fair, Klizan is a little better than I was imagining, and clearly he will be tough to beat on Sunday.
1-1 is a fair scoreline after the first day, but I can't help thinking that we have blown a big chance to win the tie. The doubles is the only match left that we have a realistic chance of winning imo, so even if we lead 2-1 going into Sunday, I'm not particularly optimistic we'll win a reverse singles (even with another inspired Evans performance).
Still, it's better than 0-2.