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.