Britain's Dan Evans savoured his four-set US Open victory over Bernard Tomic 17 months after the Australian's father said he was not good enough to practise with the Australian.
Evans' fairytale of New York continued as he built on three qualifying victories and a first-round win over 11th seed Kei Nishikori to recover from a set and a break down to defeat Tomic 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.
Evans, who had never won more than one match in qualifying at a Grand Slam before arriving at Flushing Meadows, revealed last year at the Masters tournament in Miami he had been due to practise with Tomic only to be told to leave by the Aussie's father John.
It was not something the 23-year-old from Birmingham had forgotten.
"I was there playing qualies," said Evans. "His dad sort of fobbed me off and said I wasn't good enough to practise with him. I remembered that.
"We went to practise, it was all booked. I got to the court. His dad said, 'No, no, he's a qualifier, I'm not hitting with you.' It was a bit embarrassing."
Evans, full of confidence after winning 12 of his previous 14 matches, was the player showing aggression and taking the game to Tomic, who is ranked 127 places higher at 52.
Next up for Evans is 19th seed Tommy Robredo while victory there would more than likely set up a fourth-round match against Roger Federer, with whom he practised yesterday.Suggest a correction