You have to go back to 2016 to see the only confrontation between these two players. It was at the Australian Open and Feliciano Lopez won quite easily (6-1 6-0 6-4).
Daniel Evans will play at Wimbledon for the sixth time in his career. He fell in the 1st round in his first 3 participations between 2009 and 2014, and in the 3rd round in 2016 and 2019. In the last edition, he was surprised in 5 sets by Joao Sousa. Oops.
As for Feliciano Lopez, he has already played 18 times at Wimbledon. He has only lost 4 times in the first round and has never managed to get past the quarter-finals (which is already great).
Given that we’re dealing with good servers, I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least one tie-break where these two guys can manage to win the set.
Despite this point of attention, which is not to be overlooked and could benefit Feliciano Lopez (who has better performances in tie-breaks this season), it is indeed Daniel Evans that I will turn to.
The British will be playing at home and this is not to be overlooked as there will be spectators in the stands (minimum 50%). Daniel Evans has often been receptive to this and we can therefore count on him to make every effort.
Secondly, the current 26th ranked player is more complete than the Spanish veteran. Feliciano Lopez relies a lot on his serve and his ability to find nice areas with his spin balls. However, Daniel Evans knows how to return this type of ball and he has the ability to constantly oppress his opponent through his consistency and repeated attacks.
Feliciano Lopez is not the fastest player on the circuit and I expect this to benefit Daniel Evans to take initiative first.
On the other hand, we can expect to see Feliciano Lopez at the net a lot to cut down rallies and win points. It must be said that he no longer has the strength to stay behind the baseline in 3 set matches. Here again, I think Daniel Evans will find the answer. The British player has also mastered the art of playing at the net and knows how to react to his opponents’ forward runs.
I prefer to remain cautious as Feliciano Lopez can be unplayable when he can get his first balls through. Nevertheless, I will be very surprised to see him win this match in 3 sets against such an opponent. If this is the case, it will be Daniel Evans who will have lost the match.
Prediction: Daniel Evans