Nottingham | Evans storms into semis

Britain’s No.2 Dan Evans, the only surviving home player left in the singles of the Rothesay Open Challenger in Nottingham, set up a semi-final meeting with USA’s Jack Sock, a former world No. 8, when he defeated Germany’s Marc-Andrea Huesler 6-4 6-4 in Friday’s quarter final.

It’s nice for the ladies, gents and kids who buy the ground pass when I get to play on Court 1 Dan Evans

In the other half an All-Australian semi-final will take place on Saturday when Alexei Popyrin meets the third seed Jordan Thompson who is making his debut at this stage of a grass court event.

The big hitting Sock progressed after eliminating one of the three Brits who had reached the last eight, Liam Broady, 7-6(3) 1-6 6-4 in what was a two-hour and 11-minute marathon to reach his first semi on grass since 2015. He was also making his first trip to the UK since 2018.

However, he will be facing the former 2019 champion who is growing in confidence following a crowd-pleasing performance against the eighth seeded German.

“It’s nice to be through. It was a good clinical match, I thought I did everything pretty well today,” Evans said of his win.

“It’s nice for the ladies, gents and kids who buy the ground pass when I get to play on Court 1.

“I’ve played all my matches on Centre this week, so it was a nice change.”

Popyrin earned his last four berth at the expense of the final Brit, Ryan Peniston, defeating the Essex player 6-3 6-4 for his first-ever grass-court semi-final in what is his debut at the LTA’s Nottingham Tennis Centre and will face for the first time, his compatriot the fifth seeded seed Thompson who took out the Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2 4-6 6-3.

“It was very good,” Popyrin said after his victory. “He’s a really good grass-court player who’s had two solid weeks beating some really good players.

“Last year I didn’t have the best of luck as I lose to ‘Evo’ [Dan Evans] at Queens, so I’m glad I got one over the Brits this year.”



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