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British tennis champion Andy Murray has been following new sensation Dan Evans during his third round match at the US Open.

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Dan Evans to face Tommy Robredo in third round

Britain's new tennis sensation, Dan Evans, will take on Spaniard Tommy Robredo in the third round of the US Open.

The Birmingham man has surprised the tennis world with his performances so far at this year's tournament - which he only qualified for because another player dropped out.

Tommy Robredo in action at Wimbledon this year Credit: Dominic Lipsinksi/PA Archive/Press Association Images

His defeat of 11th seed Kei Nishikori in the first round earlier this week was Evans' first ever US Open match.

He followed that up by defeating Australian, Bernard Tomic, yesterday - a player whose father blocked a practice session with Evans, claiming he was not good enough.

Nineteenth seed Tommy Robredo beat Marinko Matosevic in four sets in his first round match, and dominated Frank Dancevic in the second round in straight sets.


Evans proves a point after beating Tomic in US Open

British player Dan Evans' US Open dream continued with victory over Bernard Tomic - 17 months after being told he was not good enough to practise with the Australian.

The 23 year old revealed after reaching the third round of the Grand Slam that last year at the Masters tournament in Miami he had been due to practise with Tomic - only to be told to leave by the Australian's father John.

British player Dan Evans is through to the third round of the US Open. Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

"I was there playing qualies," Evans said. "His dad sort of fobbed me off and said I wasn't good enough to practise with him. I remembered that."

"We went to practise, it was all booked. I got to the court. His dad said, 'No, no, he's a qualifier, I'm not hitting with you.' It was a bit embarrassing," he added.

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."

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