Dan Evans on Monday made further progress on clay with a 7-6(6), 6-7(7), 6-2 defeat of Jeremy Chardy for a place in the Madrid Masters second round.

The 26th-ranked British winner showed that his surprise Monte Carlo semi-final last month was no fluke with a defeat of the clay-bred Frenchman in just under three hours.

Evans added to his growing rep as the dirtballer who knocked Novak Djokovic out in a Monte Carlo third round.shock.

The Brit carried on after Monte Carlo to Barcelona, where he lost in the first round before dedicating time to training with Madrid and upcoming pre-Roland Garros events in mind.

“I didn’t head back to the UK, I’ve been pretty smart with my schedule, not being able to go back to England too much,” he told Amazon

“It was a good match,” added Evans. “I felt a little uncomfortable on return but thought I did a good job on serve.”

The winner sent over 13 aces against Chardy and broke the Frenchman three times.

Main photo:- Dan Evans – Corrine Dubreuil ATPTour.com

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