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Dan Evans looking ahead after Wimbledon defeat

Dan Evans will refuse to dwell on his opening round defeat to Jason Kubler at Wimbledon with the British No.2 already looking ahead to his next run of tournaments.

Brummie Evans was unable to find too much rhythm out on Court 2, with the Aussie qualifier sealing a 6-1 6-4 6-3 victory with a strong aggressive display.

Though admitting that the defeat did sting, for Evans the result was simply par of the course – and he believes there will be multiple opportunities to bounce back.

He said: “It’s sport, isn’t it? Some days you don’t have a good day. That’s why they roll the balls out. If it was done on rankings, there would be no tournament.

“It hurts, you always want to do well here. I’ve done well here in the past. But the facts are I lost and he was too good. I’ll be moving on pretty swiftly.

“There will be plenty more chances. There’s three other Slams, there’s 30 other tournaments in the year I’ll play. These things will happen.

“It’s disappointing, it’s frustrating, it hurts. It’s not nice to have a fiancée, coach, all of them lose as well. It’s not just me. It’s a team effort.

“That’s how it is: you’ve got to pick yourself up and go again, otherwise you’re not going to get anywhere being disappointed about it.“

The beauty of this game is there’s another chance just around the corner.

”The 32-year-old was also full of praise for Kubler, who had to battle through three rounds of qualifying to reach the main draw at the All England Club.

Evans commented: “Jason played very well, I have to give him credit. He was better than me, that was that.

“I don’t think I played too badly. He was aggressive. He had a good game plan. Well done to him and his coach to put the game plan together and well done to Jason for carrying it out.”

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