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Monte Carlo Masters: Dan Evans beats David Goffin to reach semi-finals

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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.

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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."

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BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

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, today at 14:55Dreddy Tennis

14:55Applying 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.1367Z

Reply posted by zx4ever, today at 15:05zx4ever

15:05to Dreddy Tennis"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.372More replies (10)downU

Comment posted by -_-, today at 14:52-_-

14:52Go Evo!

Not many players can boast to having a 100% record against Djokovic.742S

Comment posted by sean61, today at 14:53sean61

14:53Well 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 lose632C

Reply posted by Chris, today at 15:46Chris

15:46to sean61"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.290More replies (1)downA

Comment posted by Alexliverpool, today at 14:51Alexliverpool

14:51Brilliant all week Dan keep it going! :-)401U

Reply posted by -_-, today at 15:04-_-

15:04to Alexliverpool"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.201More replies (1)downB

Comment posted by Bill, today at 15:56Bill

15:56He’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|371Removed commentMore replies (4)downJ

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Comment posted by Jacob Sladder, today at 15:46Jacob Sladder

15:46What 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.322Removed commentN

Comment posted by Natasha, today at 15:28Natasha

15:28First British player to make a Masters 1000 semi-final since 2016! Well done Dan Evans, and great style to watch too!311T

Comment posted by The Chocolate Inspector, today at 14:51The Chocolate Inspector

14:51Hmm, 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.301W

Comment posted by Wildwood, today at 15:14Wildwood

15:14Well 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.260F

Reply posted by Fleckle, today at 17:36Fleckle

17:36to Wildwood"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! :)40F

Comment posted by Foxy, today at 14:48Foxy

14:48Well 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.272G

Reply posted by Griddle, today at 15:10Griddle

15:10to Foxy"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?135More replies (4)downS

Comment posted by specificnotpacific, today at 14:59specificnotpacific

14:59Great to watch Dan stay mentally strong to win. Fantastic British tennis news.220L

Comment posted by LostmekecksintheGmex, today at 15:04LostmekecksintheGmex

15:04Nice one Dan200D

Comment posted by Django, today at 15:04Django

15:04Dan 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.200G

Comment posted by GrimeReaper, today at 15:26GrimeReaper

15:26Good Evans.190D

Reply posted by DMAtki , today at 18:06DMAtki

18:06to GrimeReaper"Good Evans."DMAtki replied: oh for evans sake10T

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

15:40Great to see, he’s knocking off some great names this week. Hope to see him go further.150F

Comment posted by franner, today at 14:49franner

14:49Good 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.153O

Reply posted by Ordinary Brit, today at 14:57Ordinary Brit

14:57to franner"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?1111M

Comment posted by MK, today at 15:25MK

15:25What 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.110M

Comment posted by Matt, today at 15:25Matt

15:25Another amazing performance from Evo.. Dubs later with another Brit. Great stuff..100K

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

15:22What an amazing week for Dan Evans – the prodigal son ‘done good’.100D

Comment posted by Dohers, today at 15:07Dohers

15:07Pleased to see the hard work pay off for Dan. I do wonder where his career would have been now if he’d found this drive and purpose earlier on, but glad he has found it now.70More commentsBack to topunknown
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