Nottingham | Evans seals second title

Warwickshire’s Dan Evans claimed his second title at the LTA’s Rothesay Open Nottingham by beating Australia’s Jordan Thompson 6-4 6-4 on Sunday, snapping Surbiton Trophy champion Thompson’s nine-match win streak in the process.

It does make me feel very good to win. I've got a tough match next week and it's time to go down to London and prepare Dan Evans

The British No.2 followed in the footsteps of fellow Brit Greg Rusedski to become a two-time champion in Nottingham. Evans also earned the accolade of being the first player since 1999 to win three Challenger titles on grass.

“It’s been a great week and I’m proud of it. The tournament here is always strong, it feels more like a tour event than a Challenger. It’s close to home and I felt the love from the crowd.,” Evans, who also won the event in 2019, said following his victory which was his fifth match without dropping a set.

“Tennis is about backing it up and next week (Queens) is another pretty big hurdle to overcome.”

There he will have to face the reigning champion Matteo Berrettini, who in Stuttgart, just won the Boss Open by defeating Andy Murray in three sets.

Against Thompson, Evans saved three of the five break points he faced and joked that he couldn’t let his good friend Thompson win after the Aussie triumphed at last week’s Surbiton Trophy.

“I couldn’t let him take back-to-backs. I’d hear too much about it,” Evans, 32, said.

“It was a good match. He has had a great two weeks and it’s not easy playing a good friend.

“It does make me feel very good to win. I’ve got a tough match next week and it’s time to go down to London and prepare.”

Evans is projected to rise to 31 when the new world rankings are released on Monday, and is likely to be seeded for Wimbledon, which begins on 27 June.



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