World No. 22 Dan Evans was happy with the way he reacted after losing the first set to former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori.
Evans, seeded at No. 18, recovered from a set down to beat 2014 US Open runner-up Nishikori 4-6 6-3 6-4.
“It was a good match,” said Evans. “It was satisfying, how I dealt with a bit of adversity after the first set. It was a tough first-round draw.”
Evans plays next against top-ranked Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman.
Schwartzman, seeded at No. 11, overcame a tough Maxime Cressy challenge as he edged out the American 6-2 3-6 7-5.
“Looking back, I lost the match, but I have pretty good memories,” said Evans. “I know a lot of things that I did well, that worked. I sort of know how he might try and play.”
Nishikori was probably hampered by a back issue
Just a day before his first round match in Indian Wells, Nishikori was bothered by a back issue.
“Finally I started feeling better with my back only yesterday, could hardly have practice before that, so had a hard time feeling balls or making proper shot selection at the beginning of the match. Started finding my rhythm slowly towards the third set,” Nishikori said after his first round win over Joao Sousa.
Nishikori also revealed that he is vaccinated and that he won’t have any problems at the Australian Open.
“We have to follow the rule and I’ve already got vaccinated, but I think vaccination doesn’t always have to be the case. You can feel sick or even get into danger due to a vaccine, so we should be careful,” Nishikori explained. “We tennis players are traveling around the world, so it would be better for us to get a vaccine, but there are some risks, I heard what happened to Chardy. It should be left to individual decision.”