Europe/Africa Group 1: Daniel Evans (GB) def. Lukas Lacko (SVK) 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Europe/Africa Group 1: Daniel Evans (GB) def. Lukas Lacko (SVK) 6-3, 7-5, 7-5

Johnny Groove
02-10-2012, 08:36 PM
New hope for British tennis? Daniel Evans, 276 ranked ATP, new GOAT?

Also, Lacko, a bad loss, and in straights? :facepalm:

Smoke944
02-10-2012, 08:38 PM
New hope? Have you watched Evans before? :lol:
Awful loss for Lacko, though. Seems all his good form evaporated into nothing.

Nixer
02-10-2012, 08:42 PM
Yeah, Evans is not so new.
Not good Lukas, not good. 2 good back-to-back tournaments, but long-term consistency is still absent :(

samanosuke
02-10-2012, 08:43 PM
:haha:

This is great example how small things can make your day

Captain Piranha
02-10-2012, 08:45 PM
Evans played well, came to the net a lot and finished off a high percentage of those points. Down a break twice in second set and still won it. Had a small setback serving out match missing routine volley with lacko nowhere but great victory, in straights.

The guy who interviewed evans post match got booed for suggesting he thought Evans was pretty much on a loser ha

Good atmosphere, good start for team GB :)

samanosuke
02-10-2012, 08:49 PM
Evans played well, came to the net a lot and finished off a high percentage of those points. Down a break twice in second set and still won it. Had a small setback serving out match missing routine volley with lacko nowhere but great victory, in straights.

The guy who interviewed evans post match got booed for suggesting he thought Evans was pretty much on a loser ha

Good atmosphere, good start for team GB :)

no offense but what Evans has in common with this result except he was playing the match ?

Gillouthe best
02-10-2012, 08:50 PM
And Lacko was going to be consistent in 2012...

Horatio Caine
02-10-2012, 09:46 PM
What I posted in the official DC thread:

Evans was brilliant. :worship: 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.

Orka_n
02-10-2012, 10:18 PM
In straights, Lukas? Really? :lol:

bjurra
02-11-2012, 12:36 AM
Agree with Horatio Caine, Evans played very well. Let's see if this has any impact on future challenger results.

BroTree123
02-11-2012, 12:50 AM
Lacko tanked this, it was visibly obvious. Disappointing.

rocketassist
02-11-2012, 01:51 AM
Evans' single hander was nice to watch when it went in.

Lacko is overranked IMO. Far too streaky. Once you go below top 50 on the tour, anyone can beat anyone down to the 200s- the gulf between the lower ranked guys is tiny compared to what it was around 2004-5.

fast_clay
02-11-2012, 02:01 AM
lol, slovak captain milo mecir apparently demanded Lacko give himself 3 uppercuts then apologise to his team mates in the locker room to which Lacko obliged...

a fair call by mecir here i'd say... i mean, 3 sets to 0...? to evans...? it's a bit over the top...

Sunset of Age
02-11-2012, 02:45 AM
Lacko LACKS. Plonker. :smash:
Well done Evans.

Sombrerero loco
02-11-2012, 09:32 AM
love golding and broady twitting all the time like OMG dan is winning :facepalm: they really think he sucks or something

decrepitude
02-11-2012, 10:27 AM
It was a reasonable assumption that he would lose - #276 v #65. And a #65 in good enough form to reach an ATP final last week (which might have been why his game was a bit off - tired maybe).

The real surprise was Dan's improved attitude - he has plenty of talent but in the past has not shown great fighting qualities. Yesterday he did, and well done to him.

rocketassist
02-12-2012, 06:36 PM
Dan wins a 5 setter vs Klizan to win the tie for GB. Amazing scenes there.

fivebargate
02-12-2012, 06:41 PM
Dan wins a 5 setter vs Klizan to win the tie for GB. Amazing scenes there.

Some performance from Dan yet again! James Ward looks pissed as hell though! ;)

Johnny Groove
02-12-2012, 06:53 PM
Daniel Evans clinching the tie in an epic 5 setter?

What a win for the British! They play Belgium right after Miami, for a chance to go to the World Group playoffs in September. Will Murray come back?

Sound2k10
02-12-2012, 07:01 PM
Daniel Evans clinching the tie in an epic 5 setter?

What a win for the British! They play Belgium right after Miami, for a chance to go to the World Group playoffs in September. Will Murray come back?

He'll probably have to if GB want to win. Evans AND Ward would both need to play way higher than their ranking to have a chance.

Horatio Caine
02-12-2012, 07:09 PM
Dan wins a 5 setter vs Klizan to win the tie for GB. Amazing scenes there.

Incredible! Absolutely incredible!

Two astonishing performances this weekend, to beat two seasoned pros in and around the top 100. :worship:

And, as I said in the DC thread, the best Davis Cup performance from Hutchins and Fleming imo as well.

What a win! Without Murray, the tie wasn't lost. But it was hard to see how we were going to win three points overall.

I think a lot of credit should also go to Leon Smith and the rest of the team...evidently they prepared extremely well for this tie (as I'm sure they had done for the previous ones), and they are saying/doing something to instil direction and belief in our players. It would have been so easy for Evans to lose heart after being pegged back by Klizan, but he found a way through. A complete contrast to previous ties before Smith took over.

Genuinely the best tie I can think of since the height of the Henman and Rusedski years. Well done! :worship:

Horatio Caine
02-12-2012, 07:17 PM
Daniel Evans clinching the tie in an epic 5 setter?

What a win for the British! They play Belgium right after Miami, for a chance to go to the World Group playoffs in September. Will Murray come back?

Hmmm, tough. IW and Miami would be very gruelling for him, assuming he challenges for both titles. However, if he does a 2011, he will need the match practice! :o

Really he ought to play, at least out of respect for the team's performance this weekend. The tie would be played on indoor hard (I'd go medium-quick), so he doesn't need to change surface.

Playing Belgium gives us a genuine shot at WG qualifying again, so hopefully that will motivate him enough.

And, considering some of the teams dropping out of the World Group this year, we'd have a good chance of drawing a winnable tie for World Group qualifying as well.

Very, very exciting!

Mateya
02-12-2012, 07:33 PM
So much about the slovakian sex machine being ranked in top 50 soon. :facepalm:

Why is he so streaky? He's making Gulbis look a consistant player.

Sophocles
02-12-2012, 07:33 PM
Great win. This Leon Smith is good.