World No. 29 Dan Evans plays 20th-ranked Borna Coric in the first round of the ATP Dubai Open 2023 on Monday 27 February. Get the live streaming options of this match between Dan Evans and Borna Coric as well as the preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Dan Evans vs Borna Coric head to head
There was a previous meeting between these two players where Evans won this in straight sets at ATP Melbourne 2021 to reach the semifinals.
Evans on a three-match losing streak
It’s early days but it’s been a pretty memorable season for Evans so far. Including the one singles game he played in at Davis Cup, Evans has played nine games and won just three of them in 2023.
Two of those wins came at the Australian Open, where he was a 1/8 favorite against struggling opponents, but as soon as he faced one notable – Andrey Rublev – Evans capitulated fairly easily.
This was followed by a shock defeat to 253rd placed Nicolas Mejia of Colombia in the Davis Cup before Emil Ruusuvuori defeated him in Doha.
With Evans struggling for confidence and taking on a player who is currently ranked higher than him, things could get tough for the Brit in this opener.
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Coric stunned by Cressy in Montpellier
Coric was on the right track as he won his two singles matches at the Davis Cup against Austrian players Denis Novak and Dominic Thiem and scored a straight win over Arthur Rinderknech in the opening round of the Montpellier Open.
Quite shockingly, he lost in straight sets in the second round in Montpellier, losing to Maxime Cressy despite having started that match as a favorite at 2/5.
Overall, however, the Croatian has seen his ranking rise steadily after bouncing back from his fitness woes last year. Last May he had fallen to 279th in the world but then rose to 147th in June and won a Masters title in Cincinnati to break into the top 30.
He has slowly climbed the ranks since then and is currently ranked 20th. However, he needs to keep going, especially now that he has broken into the top 20 and has plenty of points to defend in the second half of the season.
Evans v Coric prediction and tip
It’s not too surprising that Coric starts this opening round as a 2/5 favorite and we need to support him to defeat a struggling Evans in this opening round encounter. Probably even in straight sentences.
The ATP Dubai Open 2023 will be played from February 27th to March 5th. Get all the latest tennis betting news here on our tennis betting blog. You can also get previews of the rest of the tennis matches here.