2021 Qatar Open First Round – Jeremy Chardy vs Dan Evans Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Jeremy Chardy vs Dan Evans taking place? Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar

When is Jeremy Chardy vs Dan Evans on and what time does it start? Tuesday 9th March, 2021 – Not before 11:30 (UK)

Where can I get tickets for Jeremy Chardy vs Dan Evans? Click here for the latest ticket information

What channel is Jeremy Chardy vs Dan Evans on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Jeremy Chardy vs Dan Evans in the UK? Subscribers of Amazon Prime may be able to stream the match live via Prime Video while Tennis TV subscribers can also stream the match live

THE PREDICTION

It is testament to the strength of the draw here at the Qatar Open that world number 28 Dan Evans is not seeded for an ATP 250 event. Amongst that strong filed is the returning Roger Federer after 13 months away from the tour and the prize for the winner here between Evans and world number 54 Jeremy Chardy is being the first player to face the Swiss since last year’s Australian Open semi-finals.

34-year-old Chardy has been in exceptional form already this season having made the semi-finals of two ATP 250 events in Turkey and Australia and the quarter-finals of last week’s Rotterdam Open where he lost in three to the eventual champion Andrey Rublev. Taking a set off Rublev is impressive in itself, and the Frenchman will be in even better shape than the last time he faced Dan Evans at the Murray River Open last month, where Evans beat him in one of those semi-finals in straight sets on the way to his first career title. A disappointing Australian Open followed for both players, with Chardy expectedly falling in three to Novak Djokovic and a tired Evans losing in four to Cameron Norrie but the Brit will be the better-rested of the two. Chardy played four three-set matches last week including the qualifiers and an incredible six tiebreaks over three main-draw matches. The long trip to Qatar could also factor in a spot of fatigue ahead of this match and the recent loss to Evans (6-2, 6-2) does not bode well for his chances.

It remains to be seen what state the pair are in here but Dan Evans will be the fresher and a chance to face his idol Federer should bring him through here. A win for Evans in three looks a good option here or, alternatively, Evans to win and at least one tiebreak in the match considering Chardy’s penchant for a tight match.

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