Dan Evans wins Nottingham final against Evgeny Donskoy


Dan Evans reached a career-high ranking of 41 in March 2017, shortly before his ban from the sport

Britain’s Dan Evans continued his impeccable Wimbledon preparation with a 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 win over Evgeny Donskoy to lift the Nottingham title.

Top seed Evans squandered three set points before taking the first-set tie-break and broke to love in the decisive eighth game of the second set.

He has won 10 straight matches after lifting the Surbiton title last week.

The 29-year-old will play three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round at Queen’s on Tuesday.

World number 70 Evans, who was banned from the sport for a year from April 2017 for cocaine use, is already assured of a Wimbledon main draw slot.

Although behind compatriots Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie in the world rankings, which take into account the previous 12 months’ form, he is Britain’s best male player based purely on 2019’s results.

Like Evans, France’s Caroline Garcia justified her billing as top seed with victory over Croatia’s Donna Vekic in the Nature Valley Open women’s final.

The French world number 28 came from a set down to win 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) in two hours and 39 minutes.

While the women’s final at Nottingham is a Tour-level event, the men’s draw is part of the second-tier Challenger series.



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