Dan Evans has buried his clay-phobic past life after strutting his stuff into an unexpected semi-final spot at the Monte Carlo Masters with Friday’s 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 comeback win over David Goffin.

The Brit who never fancied his chances on the Europe red dirt has burst into form this week at the crowd-free venue and now finds himself facing Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the Sunday final at the Country Club.

 “There’s no point in looking back, it is what it is. It’s been a good week. I’m enjoying it,” the No. 33 said.

“It’s not that simple – otherwise, we’d all be winning matches all the time. It’s one of those things.”

Evans said that somehow his clay game has come alive this week: “I’ve definitely found my way, the movement aspect of it has been a little easier.

 “I got bounced around last clay season by whoever I played (0-2 in 2019, 0-3 in 2020). There were no easy matches.   

“Today was definitely a big day because I found yesterday extremely tiring after the doubles. I felt way more pressure to step up today to win.”


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