Evans ousts Cilic, Kerber struggles
Britain\'s Dan Evans came from set down to upset seventh seed and former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Melbourne: Britain's Dan Evans came from set down to upset seventh seed and former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. The gutsy world number 51, who reached his first ATP Tour final in Sydney last week, set up a contest with Australia's Bernard Tomic or Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos.
Ranked in the high 700s only a couple of years ago, Evans was grinning from ear to ear after recording the biggest win of his career in a shade under three hours on Court Three. Meanwhile, Roger Federer dug himself out of a late slump to fend off American qualifier Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(3) for a confidence-building win on the way to the third round.
On the comeback trail after six months out of the game, a clinical Federer cruised through the opening two sets but fell into a hole in the third against the plucky world number 200. Angelique Kerber celebrated her 29th birthday with a shaky 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2 win over Carina Witthoeft on Wednesday but the world number one will have much to ponder in her title defence once the candles are blown out. The top seed opened nervously in a three-set grind.