Evans has only previously been associated with a couple of magical cameos for the GB Davis Cup Team. In between those he has been competing in the anonymity of the second and third tier of professional tennis. Now he has given himself an opportunity to build a meaningful career. It will be down to him to make that happen.
Evans' run in New York was impressive. He came through qualifying for the first time in his career and anyone who has played the game will tell you how important an achievement that is. This was on the back of consecutive finals in Challenger tournaments leading up to the US Open, having had match points to win both titles.
Dan then had a very difficult draw after qualifying. To play Kei Nishikori, someone just outside the top 10, in the first round is unlucky.
One impression that has come through very clearly in the last week is that Evans has self-belief perhaps beyond that which he 'should'. Yes, it borders on arrogance, but what is important is that this quality is very difficult to teach and is an unbelievable asset to have at the cutting edge of any profession.
Walking on the court to face Nishikori or Bernard Tomic was not a big deal for Dan, so immediately the match was simply about tennis. He was not battling the occasion or the profile of the player on the other side of the net. And as it was purely about tennis we all found out that Evans is a world-class player who is going to trouble some of the best players on the planet.
Every win was understated, there was no big celebration after any match, it all felt and looked incredibly normal. There is no question that Evans believes he belongs at this level and he is probably correct. The defeat by Tommy Robredo will be disappointing, particularly after he had the opportunity to take the match into a fifth set, but that thought process in itself is healthy and one that will help him to keep improving.
The big question for Dan is what has changed? He has won 13 out of his last 16 matches, all of which have been at a very high level. Why has he been able to do this now and not next year or two years down the line?
The answer contains part of the secret for the future, and only Dan can influence that. He has attracted a lot of negative press from various areas, including from those who are trying to help him the most. His attitude and commitment to the game have been questioned for years. He knows these issues have been the major braking force in his career. He will also be very aware that an improvement in this area over the last six weeks has basically changed his life.
There are no shortcuts in professional tennis these days, just ask Mr Murray. He is one of the most gifted and skilled players on tour yet he has still had to brutalise his body for years just to put himself in contention for grand slam titles.
Evans has a style and a willingness to use it that could result in major success in today's game. His ability to come to the net, serve and volley, and use different spins make him very difficult to play against.
It can also be disconcerting to look down the other end and wonder how someone so small can deliver such attacking tennis.
However, all of that is not enough to build a long-standing career.
Dan has to bring consistent stability to his professional life to give himself a chance of playing the free-flowing attacking tennis that has catapulted him on to the world stage.