Dan Evans will look deep into the hearts of his game after blowing an early lead in what turned into a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 loss in the French Open first round to Serb slugger Mirmio Kecmanovic.
The British No. 2 suffered his fourth defeat without a win on the clay of Roland Garros and must now analyse along with his coaching team what is going wrong.
“I fought hard. I can give myself credit for that,” the dejected No. 27 said.
“But it’s becoming a bit too common being breaks up in Grand Slam sets and not putting them away.
“It’s frustrating – I’ve got to look at myself and my game and see what’s happening.”
Evans who played a Monte Carlo semi-final and a Madrid third round, added:
“It’s disappointing again. It’s hard to take. I felt good coming in, playing some good tennis.
“(But) that’s the nature of the game. You’re out of the tournament before it’s literally started.”
He called the three-hour defeat “a dire end to a decent clay season.”
“I’ve got to dust myself off and go again. I’ll take a few days (off)… it’s difficult to
“I’m pretty angry, it’s frustrating, to play like this.”