Dan Evans toppled his second seeded opponent in as many days on Friday as the formerly clay-phobic Brit landed in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The No. 33 followed up his defeat of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Thursday with a winning shootout against 11th seed David Goffin, eliminating the Belgian 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

The fightback victory took two and three-quarter hours with Evans holding off 15 of the 17 break points he faced.

The outsider has made remarkable progress this week at the crowd-free clay event after standing 4-13 on clay entering the tournament.

His victories this week have all come against former finalists at Masters events.

Evans takes a 0-2 record into his Saturday semi-against fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who advanced 7-5 when Spanish opponent Alejandro Davidovich Fokina quit with injury.

 “I played good today,” the winner said. “I felt a bit more pressure today to not give a bad performance.

“It wasn’t easy after the match yesterday, I felt really tired. To get back and focus, it was difficult. 

“I’m proud of how I came back today. I felt (first set) concentration wasn’t great. Yesterday, would not have been worth it with a bad performance today.”

Prior to this unexpected breakthrough week, Evans had not won a Tour match on clay since Barcelona, 2017.

Main photo:- Dan Evans celebrates winning in Monte Carlo – by Corinne Dubreuil/ATP Tour.com


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