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Tiafoe loses to Evans in first round at Delray Beach

2019 Australian Open - Day 9

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Frances Tiafoe of the United States wipes his face with his shirt in his quarter final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day nine of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Defending champion Frances Tiafoe squandered an early lead and lost Tuesday to Britain’s Daniel Evans in the first round of the Delray Beach Open, 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5.

Tiafoe, seeded No. 3, lost his third match in a row. He won the first five games and was up 4-1 in the third set but couldn’t close out the match against Evans, ranked No. 148.

No. 2-seeded John Isner eliminated Peter Polansky 6-3, 7-6 (4). No. 4 Steve Johnson beat Jason Jung 7-6 (3), 6-4.