Britain’s Dan Evans is living up to his top seeding by cruising into the last four at the San Diego Open 250 ATP Tour event for his third appearance in a semi-final this season.
He made light work of Constant Lestienne defeating the Frenchman 6-1 6-3 but had to save 10 of 11 break points he faced during the one-hour 40-minute match.
Evans fought off four break points in the opening set and then saved six of seven in the second, including three in the final service game that lasted 14 points which proved to be the longest of the match, to finish off the quarter final with 23 winners.
The British No.2 will next face the third seed, American Marcos Giron, a 7-6(5) 6-3 winner over seventh-seeded Aussie James Duckworth, saving all three break points he faced as he matched Evans by not dropping a set in the two matches the pair have now played.
The evening session opened with an upset, as Aussie Christopher O’Connell, world ranked 130, defeated the second seed Jenson Brooksby 6-4 4-6 7-5 for his second successive victory over an American this week.
Having reached his first semi-final on the Tour, O’Connell will face a third American for a place in the final, the fifth seeded Brandon Nakashima who was stretched by Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan before securing his last four place 6-3 4-6 6-4.