Dan Evans saved a match point to reach the semi-finals at the European Open following a testy contest against the Russian third seed wo was lucky not to be disqualified from the event being held in Antwerp
It's a joke! it's a joke! Everyone can see it was out. Are you drunk today? Karen Khachanov
Evan’s hopes of following in the footsteps of Kyle Edmund and Andy Murray who respectively won the event these past two years, continues after stopping Karen Khachanov 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4.
Having won the first set comfortably, Khachanov looked set to carry home hopes into the last four but lost his rag when thought he had reached another match point in the second set tiebreak (having failed to convert one at 6-5) when the British number one looked to have hit a forehand wide.
With no call from the linesman and no overrule from umpire Adel Nour, he lost the plot and laid into the official.
He called: “It’s a joke! it’s a joke! Everyone can see it was out. Are you drunk today?
“What are you doing here? What are you doing here? You don’t need to be here.
“It’s a joke, with these guys you need to see every ball.”
Evans remained calm to level the match at the next point resulting in the frustrated Russian kicking the net and slamming his racket on the umpire’s chair before leaving the court.
Those actions should have resulted in a default but Nour failed to take action.
Unable to clear his mind of the incident, Khachanov was broken immediately in the decider while Evans maintained his focus ignoring his opponent’s running commentary to claim the victory and a meeting with Ugo Humbert of France who in turn had dispatched South Africa’s Lloyd Harris, a qualifier. 6-3 7-6(2).
It will be his first semifinal since last February, when he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Dubai.
In the top half Australia’s Alex De Minaur, seeded eight, converted four of his five break points to cruise past the American qualifier, Marcos Giron 6-3 6-0 in 58 minutes to set up a semi-final against the fourth seed, Hungary’s Grigor Dimitrov, who walked into the last four when Milos Raonic, who had eliminated Britain’s number three, Cameron Norrie 24 hours earlier 7-5 7-6(4), pulled out of the quarter final citing an abdominal injury.