“His dad sort of fobbed me off and said I wasn’t good enough to practice with him,” Evans said.
“We went to practice. It was all booked. Got to the court. In Miami, there’s a little practice hut. I got to the practice hut. No, no, he’s a qualifier, I’m not hitting with you. A bit embarrassing, but hey. I don’t think it was Bernard’s doing. He wasn’t there,” Evans said.
Evans went into Thursday’s clash buoyed by having practiced with Federer 24 hours earlier.
“I thought he played really nice; got a great shot,” Federer said.
Evans said he was overjoyed to be given the opportunity to practice with Federer.
“It was amazing actually to hit with someone so good. I really enjoyed it. Actually had a really good hit. It was a very good experience to hit with someone like that. A nice guy. Was interested in what I did. It was good,” he said.
What was not good for Evans on Court 17 on Thursday was having to call the trainer after developing an embarrassing case of nipple rash.
“I don’t know what it was. It was just agony. Oh, the stick I’m going to get back home is, like, devastating,” the Briton said.