Australian Open 2021 - Cameron Norrie downs Dan Evans in heated first-round all-British clash
The all-British first-round match on Court 8 delivered a tense encounter, fireworks and plenty of great tennis at the 2021 Australian Open. It was Cameron Norrie who prevailed with a 6-4 4-6 6-4 7-5 victory over a disgruntled Dan Evans, with the latter repeatedly losing his cool in a heated match-up.
Cameron Norrie of Great Britain celebrates after winning match point in his Men's Singles first round match against Daniel Evans of Great Britain during day two of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park
Evans was left very disappointed: "I think when you're flat mentally, it pays off on you physically. I wasn't very energetic, started very slowly. You know, I prepared as well as I could, but I could feel myself talking a lot, and it was tough to get out of.
"I was definitely probably tired mentally, and then -- I did a good job to hang in the match. But yeah, this is sort of exactly the reason I told you guys I wouldn't play the week before the Grand Slams was to try and conserve my body, and it's happened again."
Highlights: Norrie overcomes Evans in all-British clash