NOTTINGHAM, June 16, 2018
Former British No. 2 Dan Evans is through to the Nature Valley Open final after coming from a set down to beat Spain’s Marcel Granollers 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in front of a sold-out Centre Court crowd in Nottingham. On Sunday, Evans will face #NextGenATP Australian Alex de Minaur
With rain delaying the ATP Challenger match start by an hour, former World No. 19 Granollers began brightly and broke Evans’ opening service game, before the 2015 Davis Cup champion rallied to victory in one hour and 58 minutes.
“It was good – not so much playing three sets. I just had a slow start. It was a great match, I thought he was smart in the first set and I didn’t really do much wrong. I know that I can get chances and in the end it was tough to close it out,” Evans was pleased.
“I’ve got to give him a lot of credit. I thought I played really well and he batted my game as well as anyone this week. I thought it was a high level match and I can take some really good stuff from it. I’m just really happy with that match. It was a real good match to win.”
De Minaur beat Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 6-2, 6-4. The 19-year-old Sydney native saved all four break points he faced, converting three of his own to secure victory in one hour and 28 minutes.
Evans and de Minaur will meet for the first time. The teenager finished runner-up at last week’s Surbiton Trophy and is seeking his first title on the ATP Challenger Tour. Evans could lift his sixth trohy, his first since 2016.