Dan Evans reaches European Open semi-final after Khachanov fightback

Dan Evans reaches European Open semi-final after superb comeback against third seed Karen Khachanov

  • Dan Evans beat Karen Khachanov 3-6 7-6 6-4 in European Open quarter-final
  • British number one produced a fightback to overcome Russian in tetchy match 
  • Russian Khachanov struck the umpires chair with his racket at a key line call
  • Evans will try to emulate fellow Brits Kyle Edmund and Andy Murray to take title

Dan Evans scored one of his best wins of the year last night to make the last four at the European Open, a tournament where British players have curiously established a winning habit.

The GB number one defeated world number 17 Karen Khachanov 3-6 7-6 6-4 in a sometimes tetchy encounter which saw the Russian strike the umpire’s chair with his racket in protest at a key line call.

This weekend Evans, who will now meet Frenchman Ugo Humbert, will try and emulate Kyle Edmund and Andy Murray, who have won this event in Antwerp for the last two years.

British no 1 Dan Evans reached European Open semi-final with win over Karen Khachanov

The Midlander produced a superb comeback to beat the Russian third seed 3-6 7-6 6-4

The match turned at 7-7 in the tiebreak when Evans was awarded the point on a marginal line call when he hit a forehand winner.

The usually placed Russian became so angry at the refusal to overrule that he kicked a sponsor sign in the net and then whacked the chair of umpire Adel Nour before storming off for a toilet break. Replays suggested the line judge had correctly seen the ball just clip the line.

For the 30 year-old Midlander, who split with coach Mark Hilton last week, it was a seventh top twenty win of this truncated season.

Evans will face Ugo Humbert in the last four as he looks to emulate recent other Brit winners




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