British No. 2 Daniel Evans has defeated former World No. 8 Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-7, (5-7), 7-6, (7-2) in a tough opening round at Queen's.

Securing the win sees two male British players who received wild cards for the tournament steaming into the second round in west London, although Dan Cox looks set to make an exit against Adrian Mannarino.

Evans endured a much more gruelling match than James Ward earlier in the day, having to battle it out in three sets against the 33-year-old Austrian.

This victory will be a welcome relief for Evans, after he lost in the first qualifying round of the French Open last month. His domestic rival Ward reached the first round of the main draw.

The loss came as a huge disappointment for the Brit after he found himself being broken by a player who was ranked 51 places below him in a match full of mistakes.

Evans played spectacularly today however, in stark contrast to his French Open showing, to demonstrate that he does have the determination to win a match where he may be struggling to have the upper hand.

Despite Cox's struggles, the two victories for Britain's number two and three in the world suggest that the nation's upward curve may well continue heading towards SW19 in a fortnight's time.

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