Monte Carlo Masters. Dan Evans beats David Goffin to reach semi-finals

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Dan Evans was in his first Masters Series quarter-final

Britain’s number one Dan Evans came from a set to beat Belgian David Goffin to reach the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

He turned back four break points at 4-4 in the final set to hold the serve, then took match point on his first attempt at victory in two hours and 46 minutes.

Evans will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in his first Masters Series semi-final.

The Greek world number five won the opening set 7-5 against the retired Spaniard’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Analysis

BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

For a surface that British players are expected to struggle on, remarkable clay seasons have been compiled in recent years.

In 2015 Andy Murray won his first clay court tournaments in consecutive weeks in Munich and Madrid, and four years later – with no idea what was to come – Johanna Konta put on an exciting race which resulted in a semi-final of Roland-Garros.

And now Dan Evans, with just four clay tour wins before this week, has doubled his area total.

He saved 15 of the 17 break points he faced against David Goffin, with a clutch at the most needed moment in the decider.

Confidence, a smart game plan, and exceptional execution all contributed to a story no one expected to write.

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