Delray Beach | Evans makes the last four
Dan Evans continues to create excitement for British fans as he reaches the semi-finals of Delray Beach after adding Andreas Seppi to his list of victims at the ATP 250 event.
The former British No.2, who qualified for the event and dispatched the defending champion, the third seeded Frances Tiafoe in the opening round, defeated the Italian 6-4 6-4 to reach the last four.
Currently ranked 148, Evans’ run will push him up the ladder into the 120s but he could break into the top 100 if he goes on to claim the title which would be his first on the Tour.
Less than a year ago, Evans found himself with no ranking after being banned for a year following a positive test for cocaine, but on his return he promised to put in the graft and he has certainly lived up to that promise over the last 10 months.
The 28-year-old got off to a fast start, winning the first four games but the experienced 35-year-old Seppi clawed back one of the breaks before Evans pocketed the opening set. He then clinched a vital break at the start of the second, which proved enough to secure another fine victory and a meeting with the second seeded John Isner who beat Adrian Mannarino 7-6(2) 6-4 hitting 24 aces in the 93-minute match.