Dan Evans beat Bernard Tomic to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open
Some of the people sitting in Tomic’s box screamed at Evans from the sidelines throughout the match, while fans in the crowd did everything they could to distract him.
For once it was not Tomic’s controversial father, John, who was the problem. He has been dubbed the “mad dad” for his antics in the past and served a one-year ban in 2013 for head-butting his son’s hitting partner. But it was neither father nor son that were causing the problem.
“John was fine,” Evans said. “But the rest of his team acted like complete idiots in the box, screaming at me when I was getting my towel. That’s why I was upset on the court.
“He has a friend in the box. He doesn’t know how to act on a tennis court, whoever the other guy is. Just screaming at me when I’m getting my towel. ‘Give him hell, Bernie!’ It’s an embarrassment.”
Dan Evans complained to the umpire about Tomic's supporters
In the second set, serving at 4-3, Evans complained to the umpire, Emmanuel Joseph, that someone in the crowd behind him was deliberately coughing as he went to serve.
The umpire did nothing, Evans held his serve, and as he went to the back of the court he gave his view of the matter: “F*****g embarrassing!”
Tomic made a point of congratulating Evans twice before he left the court and his father came to see him in the locker room afterwards.
Evans said: “I think that’s why Bernie said ‘well done’ and stuff, because he was a bit embarrassed by how those guys acted.”
Dan Evans now faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round
Evans now plays the former Australian Open finalist and world No12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. It is another huge step up but Andy Murray believes his Davis Cup team-mate can win.
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“Tsonga is bloody good,” Murray said. “But Dan’s making it difficult for everyone he plays against just now. It certainly won’t be easy [for Tsonga], that’s for sure.
“Dan moves extremely well and he competes really hard. He’s confident just now. In that situation he doesn’t have anything to lose.
“Who’d have thought, 18 months ago, ranked 770 in the world, that he would now be playing Tsonga in the fourth round, who’s been to the final here?
“The pressure is all on everyone else, so he’ll do fine.”