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Father of US Open star from West Midlands describes his son's relaxed attitude to success

Dave Evans is the father of Daniel Evans, who stormed to victory in the the US Open, beating the 11th seed Kei Nishikori in the first round.

Daniel rang his father at 5:00 this morning - he just said "Yeah, I've played well" before moving on to "general chitchat" but Dave says though that "underneath he's going mad."

Factfile on the Brit who is through to the US Open Rd 2

  • Name: Dan Evans
  • Born: 23/05/1990 in Birmingham
  • Ranked: 179 in the world
  • Best ranking: 169
  • Favourite surface: Clay
  • Began playing tennis aged seven
  • Part of the British team that won the World Junior Tennis Competition in the Czech Republic in 2004
  • Coached by Mark Taylor at the Nottingham Performance Academy
  • ATP debut as a wild card at Queen's Club in 2008
  • Grand Slam debut as a wild card at Wimbledon in 2009
  • Davis Cup debut for Great Britain against Poland in 2009
  • One career title Challenger title, in Jersey 2009
  • Nine career Futures titles
  • Lead the British team to victory against Slovakia in a 2012 Davis Cup tie, beating Lukas Lacko and Martin Klizan in the singles matches. Both were ranked significantly higher than him
  • Qualified for the 2013 US Open after three qualifier wins
  • Knocked out 11th seed Kei Nishikori in the first round
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Dan Evans showed 'natural ability' from young age

The former coach of Dan Evans, who knocked the 11th seed out of the US Open, said it was clear from an early age that the British player had a natural ability.

The 23-year-old, who is ranked 179th in the world, clinched a 6-4 6-4 6-2 victory against Kei Nishikori in New York.

Scott Key told ITV News: "I think this a big opportunity for him to take on this as a big move forward in his career. Undoubtedly we all knew he had the talent but I think it's actually having the belief in his own talent and that's what's changing."

Evans to face Tomic in US Open second round

Birmingham's Dan Evans will face Bernard Tomic in the second round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows, after he knocked out 11th seed Kei Nishikori this weekend.

Evans in action earlier this year Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The British number two, from Hall Green, won 6-4 6-4 6-2 to upset the Japanese man in the first round.

Australian, Tomic, came out on top of a thrilling five-set match against Spain's Albert Ramos in his first round match. Tomic was 2-1 down in sets, before claiming the decisive fifth set 6-3.


Judy Murray coaches young players

Judy Murray today hosted a mini junior Fed Cup experience at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

She spent the morning with youngsters, telling them what it is like playing for your country in the Fed Cup.

Judy Murray alongside young tennis players. Credit: ITV News Central

Some time was also spent on the court for a skills session before setting up a Fed Cup-style match play with on-court coaching from the team captains.

Judy Murray with participants Credit: ITV News Central
Judy Murray Credit: ITV News Central
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