Dan Evans fought back to defeat David Goffin in three sets, backing up his huge win against Novak Djokovic in the previous round. The 30-year-old becomes the first British player to reach a Masters 1000s semi-final since Andy Murray in 2016.
Evans started the match brightly, going up a break early on and dominating proceedings from the back of the court. As the first set went on the Belgian seemed to grow in stature and started to sink his teeth into the contest. The Brit led 5-3 in the opener but it was Goffin who won the last four games in a row to claim the lead.
The quality of tennis spilled over to the second set as both players engaged in some lengthy rallies. Evans looked to have the extra hunger for the win than his eleventh-seeded opponent and the desire showed on the scoreboard as the World no. 33 went up a break of serve. Evans won an impressive 81% of points behind his first serve in the second set and he broke once more to level up the match.
Goffin piled the pressure on Evans, who dealt extremely well with the adversity he was up against. The Brit saved all six of the break points he faced in the decider, finding a first serve on every single one. Evans stayed strong as he booked his spot in a very first semifinal at Masters 1000s level. With the win, the 30-year-old is guaranteed to return to a career-high 26 in the world rankings.
Dan Evans v Stefanos Tsitsipas  H2H & Match Fundamentals
Tsitsipas is one of the most entertaining players to watch on the ATP Tour. The Greek superstar plays a very aggressive baseline style of tennis, greatly helped by a powerful and reliable serve. The 22-year-old deploys flat, piercing groundstrokes to hit through his opponents, although he can easily mix up the pace with a slice backhand.
The World no. 5 is equally as comfortable in forecourt and will not hesitate to rush the net once the opportunity presents itself. The one area that you could call a weakness with Tsitsipas is his return of serve – the Greek often struggles to attack off this particular shot and therefore doesn’t break serve as frequently as players like Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
To become the fourth British man to reach a Masters 1000s final, Evans will need to mix his game up and make his opponent feel uncomfortable – something he has done all week. Low sliced backhands may work a treat against the six-foot-four Tsitsipas. Evans has been as effective defending as he has on the front foot and a tactically sound performance could take the Brit into uncharted territory.
Evans has gone 4-0 at this year’s Monte Carlo Masters, matching the amount of wins he has accumulated in his entire clay court career prior to the event. However, Tsitisipas has been one of the standout players of the season, compiling an impressive 19-5 record this year. This may be a step too far for the Brit, who is still in the hunt to become the third man to win the singles and doubles titles at the same Masters event.
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