Dan Evans cracked a racquet after losing in three hours after establishing an early lead over Miomir Kecmanovic on Sunday at the French Open.

The British No. 1 ran off the first set in style  after half an hour but was unable to keep up the momentum in a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 loss to the Serb ranked 48th who won his second match at the event.

Dan Evans went out on the first round to Miomir Kecmanovic. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

No. 27 Evans struck 55 winners, five more than his opponent, but also had 44 unforced errors to 33 for the winner.

Evans has never won a match at Roland Garros, losing four times in the first round.

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