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Vancouver | Dan Evans wins challenger

Vancouver | Dan Evans wins challenger

Dan Evans had to start his career again from the bottom after serving his doping suspension at the end of April, beginning his comeback at the Glasgow Challenger, building on his form and reaching the Challenger final in Nottingham before playing in the main draw at Queen’s Club.

Ranked 310th, Evans flew to Vancouver as a qualifier and made his way through the draw to claim his sixth Challenger title.

He edged out the 4th seed Jason Kubler, 4-6 7-5 7-6, in the final to achieve his best ranking since January.

Kubler held a match point in the 12th game of the deciding set but he couldn’t convert it, falling in the tiebreak but entering the Top 100 for the first time in his career.

Evans fired 14 aces and he suffered 4 breaks from 7 chances he gave to Jason, creating 11 opportunities on the other side and also earning 4 breaks to stay neck and neck with his opponent throughout.

They traded 4 breaks in the opening 8 games and Kubler saved 3 break points in game 9 to take the lead, scoring another break in the following game for a 6-4.

The second set saw better serving from both players and there were no deuces or break points in the opening 10 games. 

The Aussie was in the better position but it was Evans, who scored a crucial break for a 6-5 lead, holding at 15 in game 12 for a 7-5, sending the match into a decider.

Kubler put one hand on the title after breaking Evans in game 8, serving for the match in the next game before Daniel broke back to extend the match and his chances.

The Briton saved a match point on serve in game 12 to reach the tiebreak and he won it 7-3, taking 4 points on the run to win the title and continue the comeback that could return him into the Top 100 by the end of the season.

For now Evans rises 84 places to No 226 on the ATP Rankings.






About The Author

Barbara Wancke

Barbara Wancke is a Tennis Threads Tennis Correspondent who has been involved in the sport for over 40 years, not only as a former player, umpire and coach but primarily as an administrator and tennis writer contributing over the years to Lawn Tennis, Tennis World, and Tennis Today. She has worked with the Dunlop Sports Co, IMG and at the ITF as Director of Women’s Tennis, responsible, amongst other things, for the running of the Federation Cup (now Fed Cup), and acting as Technical Director for tennis at the Seoul Olympics (1988). She subsequently set up her own tennis consultancy Tennis Interlink and was elected to the Board of the TIA UK where she became the Executive Administrator and Executive Vice President until she stood down in July 2014 and is currently an Honorary Vice President.

11 Comments

  1. Gloria Lisle

    Well done Dan. Love you’re tennis 🎾

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  2. Matti Young

    Excellent commitment to prove his worthiness.

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  3. Brenda Parry

    He’s done himself proud since making his comeback. Working hard and great attitude 👌👏

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  4. Teresa Joan Pound

    Good job Dan . Keep up the good work and progress to where you belong . Xx 💓

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  5. Joan Macgillivray

    Brilliant for Dan . He has worked so hard to get back up.there xx

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