Stefanos Tsitsipas crushes Dan Evans to end his Monte-Carlo fairytale

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Stefanos Tsitsipas pleased

Dan Evans’ brilliant run at the Monte-Carlo Masters came to an end with a comprehensive defeat by world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Evans was facing a former Masters finalist for the fifth successive match having beaten Dusan Lajovic, Hubert Hurkacz, Novak Djokovic and David Goffin to reach a semi-final at this level for the first time.

But, unlike his previous opponents, Tsitsipas had no problem coping with the variety in the Evans game and he eased to a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

“I am pleased with the performance,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match interview. “I found ways to play at my best.

“It was really difficult to maintain my level of consistency and I am really happy I managed to deal with all the different moments during the match. I had a lot of opportunities to hit the forehand, and think how I wanted to construct the point.”

It was a third heavy defeat for the British number one against his Greek opponent, who piled constant pressure on the Evans serve.

It has nevertheless been a superb week for the 30-year-old, who will equal his career-high ranking of 26 on Monday having proved to himself and the rest of the tennis world that he can be a threat to the best on clay.

Evans still has a chance to reach the final in the doubles, where he and Neal Skupski were due to face top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah later on Saturday.

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