• Dan Evans v Karen Khachanov [3] | H2H: Evans leads 1-0
  • Milos Raonic [5] def. Cameron Norrie 7-5 7-6(4)
ANTWERP, BELGIUM – Dan Evans will face No. 3 seed Karen Khachanov as he looks to make his second semi-final of the season.

 

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Dan Evans v Karen Khachanov [3] | H2H: Evans leads 1-0

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British No. 1 Dan Evans will face a possibly weary Karen Khachanov if the quarter-final of the European Open. The No. 3 seed had to overcome stiff resistance from home-crowd hero and wildcard Zizou Bergs, and had to come from a set down, before snatching the match in the decider.

It probably would have been some good practice for the Russian as the Belgian threw a lot at him – a bit of serve and volley, passing behind him and with great movement around the court – all things that he can count on when he faces Evans.

The Brit has a lot of variety to make up for the fact he probably won’t be able to out-serve the Russian, but his forehand was not his friend in his encounter. Evans might not be able to rely on it being much of a misfire in the quarter-final, but he can move the big man around and take him off the baseline and draw him to the net.

Evans might well be relieved that he won’t be facing the young wildcard – he was able to work up the crowd, and it would have been a factor that would get under his skin. His one win over Khachanov also came indoors in Rotterdam before coronavirus hit, and he had to go the distance to get the win.

Prediction: Evans in three sets.

 

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Milos Raonic [5] def. Cameron Norrie 7-5 7-6(4)

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British No. 3 Cameron Norrie might well rue some missed chances, as he stayed largely toe-to-toe with the former World No. 3 and No. 5 seed Milos Raonic. From the start of the match, Norrie had to save three break points in the opening game, and from there warmed to his task, returning the Raonic bomb-serves well, before a lapse in concentration gave Raonic a chance to take the lead, before he closed out the first set.

There was a lot of muttering, and it was a solid effort from Norrie to regroup from giving up the first set to start solidly at the start of the second. This time Raonic only had one sniff of a break point throughout the second set, as Norrie hung tight to force a tie-break.

There the good fortune ended as Raonic quickly jumped out to a lead and could not be caught. Still, there was plenty to take heart from as Norrie seems to have gained a lot of confidence in this closing section of the season.

 

Evans & Khachanov are scheduled on Centre Court, not before 3:30pm (2:30pm BST).

 

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