Dan Evans extends his winning run to seven matches as British No 3 keeps up fine form in run to Wimbledon
- Dan Evans made it seven wins and counting as he beat Mikael Ymer on Friday
- The British No 3 is in the Nottingham Open quarter-finals and is in fine form
- He lost out in the final last year and is aiming to build on his title in Surbiton
Dan Evans extended his winning run to seven matches to reach the quarter-finals of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham.
The British No 3 won the Challenger title in Surbiton last week and is aiming to go one better than last year in Nottingham, when he lost to Alex De Minaur in the final.
He was in trouble against Swede Mikael Ymer, trailing 4-1 in the deciding set, but won six of the last seven games to seal a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 victory.
Dan Evans, pictured at Surbiton last week, reached the quarter-finals in Nottingham on Friday
Evans said: ‘I didn’t do much to put myself in a bad position. He played pretty well. I’ve played a lot of matches but I’m not playing my best tennis out there, so I’m fighting pretty hard.
‘Against these young guys, it’s tough for them to get over the line. I’m not sure they all believe they can beat me, so it was a matter of just hanging in there. But I got over the line, so that’s good.’
That match was again played indoors at Nottingham Trent University because of poor weather, and Evans faces having to play twice on Saturday if he is to continue his run.
The British No 3 held his nerve in a deciding set to continue his fine grass court form
Evans is looking to win back-to-back titles having won the Challenger title in Surbiton
He takes on German Dominik Koepfer in the last eight, with the winner to face either Lukas Rosol or Go Soeda.
The women playing in the WTA tournament did finally make it on to the grass, but only one match was able to be completed, with Tatjana Maria defeating sixth seed Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3, 7-6 (7) to reach the semi-finals.
Second seed Donna Vekic and France’s Kristina Mladenovic began their quarter-final outdoors but the match was completed indoors on hard courts, with Vekic winning 7-5, 6-4.
Mladenovic’s coach Sascha Bajin was unhappy with the situation, saying on Twitter: ‘Many bad decisions have been made here in Nottingham by the officials. But still, we can take lots of good things from here. Congrats to Donna for today.’
Top seed Caroline Garcia was extended to three sets by qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse but came through 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 to set up a last-four meeting with Jennifer Brady, who upset fourth seed Maria Sakkari.
Kristina Mladenovic was frustrated after her match against Donna Vekic was moved indoors
Mladenovic’s coach, Sascha Bajin, voiced his annoyance at decisions on his Twitter page
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