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Dan Evans follows up Djokovic win by reaching semi-finals in Monte Carlo


Dan Evans followed up his brilliant upset of Novak Djokovic at the Monte-Carlo Masters by beating David Goffin to reach the semi-finals.

The British No 1 stunned world No 1 Djokovic on Thursday for the biggest win of his career and ensured there was no let down as he battled to a 5-7 6-3 6-4 victory over 11th seed Goffin on Friday. He will face fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final on Saturday.

Evans has now earned as many tour-level clay-court victories and wins at Masters level this week as in the rest of his career combined and could surpass his career-high ranking of 26 next week.

As he had against Djokovic, Evans began superbly but Goffin found his range on his forehand at the end of the opening set, recovering from 3-5 to take it with a run of four games in a row. But he could not maintain that level and Evans forged ahead early in the second set, this time holding onto his advantage.

The 30-year-old has a rare ability to bring out his best at the biggest moments and he dug in brilliantly to save four break points at 4-4 in the deciding set – he saved 15 of 17 during the match. Goffin could not show similar fortitude and a wild final shot drew a huge roar from Evans as he celebrated setting up a last-four encounter with Tsitsipas.



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