Dan Evans sees his Dubai charge halted in the semi-finals by second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts

Dan Evans was unable to complete a dream run to the final of the Dubai Championships as he ran into an inspired Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals.

The British number one went into the match with high hopes after a fine run of form, but found Tsitsipas too strong with the Greek easing to a 6-2, 6-3 win.

Playing the fourth ATP Tour semi-final of his career, Evans was comfortably beaten by rising star Tsitsipas, who did not face a break point during the match.

Evans had battled through to the last four with a victory over Andrey Rublev which is likely to seal his place in the world’s top 30 when the new rankings are announced next week.

But his defeat to Tsitsipas illustrated the gulf between the top stars – the Greek 21-year-old won the tournament in Marseille last week – and the rest.

Evans had no answer as Tsitsipas broke for a 3-2 lead then secured the double break two games later with his own serve never looking in any danger.

Evans clung on in the early stages of the second set but was broken twice more as Tsitsipas moved through to the final in one hour and 21 minutes.

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