Britain’s No.3 Dan Evans pulled off one of the best results of his career when he defeated the USA’s No1 John Isner, the second seed at the Delray Beach Open, to reach the second final of his career.
It's not about beating John, it's not about beating (Andreas) Seppi. The ball is coming and I'm just trying to focus on myself, Dan Evans
Ranked 148, he ousted the world No9 relatively comfortably after losing the first set to deny Isner a chance for a 15 career title.
Evans won 3-6 6-2 6-3 and will meet another Moldova’s Radu Albot who defeated American Mackenzie McDonald 3-6 6-0 6-0 with the eventual title winner becoming the fifth first-time champion on the ATP Tour this year.
Evans, reached his only other ATP final in 2017 when he lost at Sydney to Gilles Mueller of Luxembourg. He was later suspended for one year following a positive drug test for cocaine at the Barcelona Open that April.
The 28-year-old Briton, who came through the qualifying competition and put out the defending champion Frances Tiafoe in the opening round, broke Isner three times from 2-all in the second set. Until that point Isner had established a winning streak if 77 consecutive serves held dating back to the opening round of the Australian Open.
“I just play every match as it comes, every point, every game,” Evans said. “It sounds very cliche but I’m just playing every match.
“It’s not about beating John, it’s not about beating (Andreas) Seppi. The ball is coming and I’m just trying to focus on myself,” added Evans.
“I returned really well when I got my racket on the ball, and that was my goal,” Evans said. “Just to get the ball back and get the running shoes on.”