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French Open 2017: Dan Evans puts up fight before losing to Tommy Robredo

• Robredo wins 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 in draining heat
• Evans hampered by stomach cramps after fine start

Dan Evans remains convinced he will never fall in love with clay but, for the first half of his losing match against Tommy Robredo in draining heat over four sets on the first day of the 2017 French Open, his aversion to the dirt looked to be a grand bluff.

The elegant Birmingham strokemaker might never master the surface that so bothers those brought up on grass or hard courts yet, before his stamina leaked and stomach cramps kicked in, he mixed selective power and teasing touches of the highest class to raise hopes of what he, at least, would have regarded as an upset.

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