Britain's Dan Evans was defeated in a tense five-setter by Kei Nishikori on day one of the 2020 French Open in very tough conditions at Roland Garros.

The 30-year-old won the first set in emphatic fashion, but struggled for consistency in the cold weather in Paris and ultimately came up short.

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Nishikori, playing only his fifth match of the year after elbow surgery, and a positive Covid-19 test which ruled him out of the US Open, won 1-6 6-1 7-6(3) 1-6 6-4.

The British 32nd seed looked set for his first ever French Open win as he cruised through the opening set, but Nishikori responded in very impressive fashion.

Highlights: Nishikori beats Evans in gruelling five-set clash

Nishikori led 5-2 in the third set only to have to settle for a tie-breaker, which he won, but again lapsed as Evans hit back to take the match into a deciding set.

A tense match saw Nishikori, who has three-times been a French Open quarter-finalist, seize control to lead 3-0 but again Evans reeled off the next three games only to falter again and again.

Nishikori produced a couple of inspired points to break the Evans serve at 4-5 and seal the victory, which represents another big blow for the Brit at a Grand Slam.

The world number 35 will next take on Italy's Stefano Travaglia in the second round.

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