Dan Evans continues his dream run to reach Montreal semi-final

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Delight for Dan Evans Credit: PA Images
Delight for Dan Evans Credit: PA Images

Dan Evans has reached his second ATP Masters semi-final after fighting his way back at the National Bank Open.

American Tommy Paul had a blistering start to take the first set, but the British number two took charge in the second to push ahead for a 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory.

“You wonder if it’s going to happen, if you are going to get into the match, and I got in,” said Evans after the singles and before he also won doubles.

“When I got ahead I really took it to Tommy and that’s been sort of my way throughout this week so far, and I went about it in a good way, I was fired up and I thought it was a good battle between me and Tommy.

“The crowd, that’s what they buy their tickets for. That’s live sport. You never know what’s going to happen. It was an amazing match, amazing atmosphere. I played on the court before.

“In the day it was amazing, but at night, there’s something about playing sport at night, it’s extra special.”

Pablo Carreno Busta, 31, became the only player in Montreal to avoid dropping a set as he knocked out Jack Draper to nix the possibility of an all-British semi-final by booking his spot against Evans.

The 20-year-old scrapped hard but the Spaniard dominated throughout to win 7-6 (4) 6-1, with his younger opponent left to appreciate a week in which he reached his first Masters quarter-final and took down world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The other semi-final will be contested between Hubert Hurkacz and Casper Ruud, after the former defeated Nick Kyrgios and the latter sent local favourite Felix Auger-Aliassime home.

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