Dan Evans misses Novak Djokovic glamour tie after crashing out of the Australian Open

Dan Evans is out of Australian Open after being deprived of a Novak Djokovic glamour tie.

The British No.1, seeded in a Grand Slam for the first time, was expected to overcome lowly-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka in the second round.

Dan Evans was expected to reach the third round but bombed out in the second to Japan’s No.2
The Birmingham star was the last British man standing in Melbourne in the singles draw

Yet he was never really in the game, running out of steam and running out of ideas as he was defeated 6-4 6-3 6-4 by the second player from Japan.

There is a gulf of 39 places in the world rankings Evans is positioned at 32 but the Brit was out-classed and out-gunned in just under two hours on Court 19.

The 39 unforced errors more than 20 from Nishioka and an inability to take the two break point opportunities sum up what a poor display this was.

To make matters worse, he lost the match after being broken on his own serve in the third set.

Indeed, this was a sad way to end the tournament after what has been a busy summer here in the southern hemisphere, especially with his involvement in the ATP Cup.

There will be no dream third-round date against the defending champion Djokovic in Melbourne, which would have been scheduled for the Rod Laver Arena, and in a prime-time TV slot.

The 29-year-old has had a busy January, given he was the main man for Britain at the ATP Cup in Sydney
Yoshihito Nishioka is ranked 39 places higher than Evans but outclassed his opponent in straight sets

Djokovic, chasing an eighth Australian Open singles titles, was not hanging around on Wednesday as he walloped Japan’s Tatsuma Ito 6-1 6-4 6-2.

Evans will now fly home and probably at some stage sit down with Tim Henman to discuss comments made about his weight.

On the eve of the Australian Open, following Britains quarter-final exit at the ATP Cup in Sydney, Henman claimed Evans should shed a few pounds and miss a few meals.

Evans said in response he is in decent shape and there is nothing wrong with his fitness.

But clearly it was a deliberate ploy by Henman to put the topic into the public debate.

So its likely the two will have a lively chat when they next meet up.

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