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Dan Evans suffers defeat to Diego Schwartzman at BNP Paribas Open

Dan Evans suffers defeat to Diego Schwartzman at BNP Paribas Open
British number one Evans ran out of gas in Indian Wells after leading by a set and a break.

Dan Evans missed a golden chance to reach the last 16 of the BNP Paribas Open after a frustrating 5-7 6-4 6-0 defeat to Diego Schwartzman

Britanique number one Evans ran out of gas in Indian Wells after leading by a set and a break as world number 15 Schwartzman came back from the brink.

The Argentinian looked all-but beaten after losing the opening set and trailing 3-1 et 4-2 in the second before turning it around to dent Evans’ hopes of climbing into the ATP’s top 20.

Evans was broken to go 3-1 down in the opening set, but from 5-2 down he found another level and reeled off the next five games to take it 7-5 after one hour and two minutes.

Evans, who came from behind to defeat Kei Nishikori 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the second round on Sunday, broke Schwartzman for the third time at the start of the second set and then held to lead 2-0.

Schwartzman stopped the rot after losing seven games on the spin by holding to make it 2-1, but had to stave off another break point in the fifth game.

Both players then held serve and with Evans serving to go 5-3 en haut, while two unforced errors handed the initiative back to Schwartzman, who broke serve to level it up at 4-4.

British number one Evans ran out of gas in Indian Wells (Adam Davy/AP)

Evans failed to cash in on two more break points and trailed in the second set for the first time at 5-4 down before being broken again to lose it 6-4.

Schwartzman was energised at the start of the decider and the tide turned as he broke Evans to move into a 3-0 conduire.

Evans had lost his way – both physically and in terms of shot execution – and further errors saw him lose serve again to fall 4-0 derrière.

Schwartzman held to love for a 5-0 lead and his comeback was complete when he broke Evans for a third time in a one-sided final set.