• Stefanos Tsitsipas [4] def. Dan Evans 6-2, 6-1
MONTE CARLO, MONACO – Dan Evans’ unexpected run at the Monte Carlo Masters was halted by the fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas.

 

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British No. 1 Dan Evans was competing in his first semi-final at this level, but was ultimately outclassed by his 22-year-old opponent, and No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Playing his fifth former Masters 1000s finalist of the week, Evans looked to be struggling with the pace and intensity of Tsitsipas’ game early on. The Greek superstar stamped his authority almost instantly, going up a break of serve. Evans did manage to get a break back but it was Tsitsipas who ran away with the opener in the end, 6-2.

The second set was more of the same: brilliance from the World no. 5. The 22-year-old simply didn’t allow the Brit to sink his teeth into the match as he raced to a third Masters 1000s final of his young career. Evans was dominated in all departments, winning just 36% of the total points.

The British no. 1 has enjoyed a fine week however, snapping his 10-match losing streak on clay. Evans also recorded arguably the biggest victory of his career, defeating the two-time champion and World no. 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round. The 30-year-old will climb seven spots in the world rankings and sit at a career-high 26 on Monday.

Evans will contest the doubles final in Monte Carlo with Neal Skupski on Sunday, and will next be in action in Barcelona, where he is the sixteenth seed.


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