Dan Evans beats Andrey Rublev to reach first ever ATP 500 semi-final in Dubai

Dav Evans celebrates

Dan Evans continued his recent rise to prominence by beating Andrey Rublev to move into the Dubai Championships semi-finals.

It will be the fourth ATP Tour semi-final for the 29-year-old British number one and the first at ATP 500-level.

Evans needed two hours and 11 minutes to get past Rublev, but eventually secured a 6-2 7-6 (9) win.

He avenged the defeat he suffered to the Russian at the Adelaide International in January and showed great fight to progress after saving two set points in the tie-break.

Evans, who faces Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semis on Friday, told atptour.com: “I just stayed in there and knew I’d get my chances. I’m very happy with the way I played.

“Staying calm is the key, also getting the right balance and being aggressive with my feet. I’m happy to come through and I’ll prepare for tomorrow.”

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