Dan Evans has booked his place into a semi-final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis this week following a string of fantastic performances.
With this run which is not over yet the Brit will debut on Monday at a career high ranking of around 27 in the world.
His first match he came from a set and a break down against Fabio Fognini to book his place in round two, his round two almost came to an end as well having to save match point against Pierre Hugues Herbert winning 7-5 3-6 7-6 (9-7) against the Frenchman.
Andrey Rublev had been in inspired form this year with those back to back titles to begin his season of course in Qatar and Adelaide and had to beat Evans in three sets down under.
Rublev hadn’t come up against an opponent performance wise like Dan Evans who just controlled the pace.
I love the way that Dan Evans caresses the ball around the court, his variety is pretty insane. He can take pace out of rallies and inject it again, as an opponent you don’t know whether you are coming or going and for Rublev he looked fed up and at boiling point in rallies.
The unpredictability is something that shouldn’t have surprised Andrey having played at the beginning of the season but the shot selection and weight of ball from the Brit left the Russian scrambling and stumbling at the back of the court.
Rublev found some joy towards the conclusion of the match in the second set by going back behind Dan with his groundstrokes but overall just didn’t have enough.
The tennis from Dan was exceptional and the pace change in particular was a problem for Andrey as you can see below:
You can see Dan getting ready to take the pace off and drop the ball short in the court. It moves Rublev off the baseline and brings him forward…
The slice and the return Rublev sends back which he can’t generate much from opens up the court and Dan injects the pace back into the rally to win the point.
It was the same when he used his backhand to attack Rublev the difference in net clearance from the Brit was truly fantastic! We saw him flight it over the net and skim the top of the net and it bothered Rublev.
A well deserved win for Dan Evans 6-2 7-6 (11-9) against the in-form Rublev!
Next up for him will be Jan Lennard Struff or Stefanos Tsitsipas.