Evans reaches semi-final in Monte Carlo

April 24, 2021
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    British number one Dan Evans came from a set down to beat Belgium's David Goffin and reach the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

    Evans, who claimed the biggest win of his career by beating Novak Djokovic in the previous round, won 5-7 6-3 6-4.

    He fended off four break points at 4-4 in the final set to hold serve and then took match point at his first attempt to win in two hours and 46 minutes.

    Evans will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in his first Masters Series semi-final.

    The Greek world number five had taken the opening set 7-5 against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina when the Spaniard retired.

    Evans will also team up with Neal Skupski for a doubles semi-final on Saturday after the pair beat Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 10-4 in a deciding set tie-break.

    "It's been a good week. I'm enjoying it," said Evans.

    "It's easy to say everybody told me I'd be able to play on clay before. It's not that simple, is it? Otherwise we'd all be winning matches all the time. It's one of those things.

    "I feel a bit more comfortable moving. It's been a lot easier. Obviously I have worked with a fitness trainer for a few weeks. We did a lot of footwork stuff, sliding. It's definitely helped."

    However, Rafael Nadal failed to reach the last four for only the second time in his last 16 appearances, following a surprise defeat by Andrey Rublev.

    The Spaniard was bidding for his 12th title in Monte Carlo but slipped to a 6-2 4-6 6-2 loss against sixth seed Rublev, who will now face Norway's Casper Ruud.

    "I'm always sad to lose here, of course, because it's an important one for me. I missed an opportunity to start the clay-court season in the right way," said Nadal.

    "But that's it. I can't complain. The only thing that I can do is go to Barcelona and keep practising, try to fix the things that didn't work well."

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    'A story no-one expected to be writing' – analysis

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

    For a surface on which British players are supposed to struggle, some remarkable clay court seasons have been compiled in recent years.

    In 2015, Andy Murray won his first clay tournaments in consecutive weeks in Munich and Madrid, and four years later – with little previous hint of what was to come – Johanna Konta put together a thrilling run which culminated in a French Open semi-final.

    And now Dan Evans, with just four tour level wins on clay before this week, has doubled his tally on the surface.

    He saved 15 of the 17 break points he faced against David Goffin, with some clutch serving when most required in the decider.

    Confidence, a smart game plan, and some exceptional execution have contributed to a story no-one expected to be writing.

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      Comment posted by Dreddy Tennis, at 14:55 16 Apr

      Applying the principle of “King of the Hill”:

      – Federer has a better H2H than Murray;
      – Nadal has a better H2H than Federer;
      – Djokovic has a better H2H than Nadal;
      – Daniel “GOATBUSTER” Evans has a better H2H than Djokovic.

      Therefore Daniel Evans is the greatest player of all time. Glad we finally sorted that argument.1677

      • Z

        Reply posted by zx4ever, at 15:05 16 Apr

        "Applying the principle of “King of the Hill”:- Federer has a better H2H than Murray;- Nadal has a better H2H than Federer;- Djokovic has a better H2H than Nadal;- Daniel “GOATBUSTER” Evans has a better H2H than Djokovic.Therefore Daniel Evans is the greatest player of all time. Glad we finally sorted that argument."zx4ever replied: Well, I’m convinced.432

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      Comment posted by -_-, at 14:52 16 Apr

      Go Evo!

      Not many players can boast to having a 100% record against Djokovic.893

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        Reply posted by 31shadows, at 21:20 16 Apr

        "Go Evo!Not many players can boast to having a 100% record against Djokovic."31shadows replied: I can he’s never beaten me
        Oh wait one I’ve never beaten him
        So 50-5041

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      Comment posted by sean61, at 14:53 16 Apr

      Well done Dan Evans, just shows what can be done even if you dont fit the LTA ideal model. Talent is talent regardless. Big task next, but hey, why not, nothing to lose743

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        Reply posted by Chris, at 15:46 16 Apr

        "Well done Dan Evans, just shows what can be done even if you dont fit the LTA ideal model. Talent is talent regardless. Big task next, but hey, why not, nothing to lose"Chris replied: Agree about the LTA being hopeless (every good Brit player has trained outside their stuffy structure), but in fairness to them on this occasion, Evans admitted himself that he was a pretty bad student for a long time. Glad he’s finally got his head in the right place so he can do justice to his potential.351

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      Comment posted by Bill, at 15:56 16 Apr

      He’s been rather silly in the past but, to his credit he has never tried to excuse or deny this. He’s not blessed physically being only 5’9″ and lacks a big serve. BUT he is hugely talented , inventive and, above all, shows plenty of guts. A smashing player to watch. Good luck to you, Dan|542

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      Comment posted by Jacob Sladder, at 15:46 16 Apr

      What seems to be missing here is any reference to unseeded world 33 Dan having beaten players ranked 16,1 and 15 in the world over the last three matches. Shame BBC 5 Sports Extra felt F1 practice, yes….. practice, was more deserving of coverage. Go Evo.513

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      Comment posted by Alexliverpool, at 14:51 16 Apr

      Brilliant all week Dan keep it going! :-)421

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        Reply posted by -_-, at 15:04 16 Apr

        "Brilliant all week Dan keep it going! :-)"-_- replied: He’s been great in the doubles as well.

        For me doubles is more entertaining, would like to see more of the top players involved.222

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      Comment posted by Wildwood, at 15:14 16 Apr

      Well done Dan.

      At least when he wins we don’t have to put up with those idiots commenting on his nationality, be it Scottish or English, or why he is British when he wasn’t born here.341

      • F

        Reply posted by Fleckle, at 17:36 16 Apr

        "Well done Dan.At least when he wins we don’t have to put up with those idiots commenting on his nationality, be it Scottish or English, or why he is British when he wasn’t born here."Fleckle replied: He’s just a great Brummie! :)81

    • N

      Comment posted by Natasha, at 15:28 16 Apr

      First British player to make a Masters 1000 semi-final since 2016! Well done Dan Evans, and great style to watch too!342

    • T

      Comment posted by The Chocolate Inspector, at 14:51 16 Apr

      Hmm, wonder if Mr Evans is finally reaching a high level of tennis and is comfortable with it. Could be a rewarding couple of years ahead.322

    • F

      Comment posted by Foxy, at 14:48 16 Apr

      Well done on a terrific win. What impressed most was how Dan kept up the level. Tsitsipas will be another step up, but why not go the whole way.292

      • G

        Reply posted by Griddle, at 15:10 16 Apr

        "Well done on a terrific win. What impressed most was how Dan kept up the level. Tsitsipas will be another step up, but why not go the whole way."Griddle replied: Another step up after beating Djokovic. Really?165

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      Comment posted by specificnotpacific, at 14:59 16 Apr

      Great to watch Dan stay mentally strong to win. Fantastic British tennis news.241

    • G

      Comment posted by GrimeReaper, at 15:26 16 Apr

      Good Evans.231

      • D

        Reply posted by DMAtki , at 18:06 16 Apr

        "Good Evans."DMAtki replied: oh for evans sake41

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    • D

      Comment posted by Django, at 15:04 16 Apr

      Dan Evans has been playing some fantastic tennis this week and has shown that he can beat anyone on his day. Let’s hope this continues.231

    • L

      Comment posted by LostmekecksintheGmex, at 15:04 16 Apr

      Nice one Dan211

    • T

      Comment posted by The-Artful-Dodga, at 15:40 16 Apr

      Great to see, he’s knocking off some great names this week. Hope to see him go further.161

    • A

      Comment posted by armchair59, at 19:32 16 Apr

      So pleased there is a HYS here for Evans and well overdue as there was very little coverage of his first atp tournament win just prior to AOpen. Even if he wasnt British I would still support him for his attacking playing style. He also won some massive Davis Cup matches as well.110

    • M

      Comment posted by MK, at 15:25 16 Apr

      What a fight by Dan in the difficult moments. Not many can do that.

      What skill on that drop shot near the end. What focus. Keep that up and he might get to the final.121

    • F

      Comment posted by franner, at 14:49 16 Apr

      Good to see hard work paying off , it would be nice to get to the final, Evans has a little bit of steal, which is always needed in tennis today.154

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        Reply posted by Ordinary Brit, at 14:57 16 Apr

        "Good to see hard work paying off , it would be nice to get to the final, Evans has a little bit of steal, which is always needed in tennis today."Ordinary Brit replied: Did you mean steel?1312

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      Comment posted by Matt, at 15:25 16 Apr

      Another amazing performance from Evo.. Dubs later with another Brit. Great stuff..111

    • K

      Comment posted by Kwittermess and the Bottomless Pit, at 15:22 16 Apr

      What an amazing week for Dan Evans – the prodigal son ‘done good’.100

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