2021 Viking Open Nottingham

Defending champion Evans stumbles in last eight

Dan Evans

British no.1 edged out by American ace Kudla

Dan Evans failed in his defence of his Nottingham Open crown, falling in his quarter-final clash against no.6 seed Denis Kudla in a little over two hours 6-4 1-6 6-4.

The Birmingham ace brilliantly bounced back from being narrowly edged out of the opening set with aplomb, his hard-hitting and aggressive tactics worked wonders to produce an emphatic display on Centre Court.

But the Ukraine-born American was in no mood to surrender and took an early break in the final set, only for Evans to break back and seemingly be on the road to recovery.

However, the British no.1 showed his nerves to drop his serve again in the ninth game. Kudla then held to register a 122-minute triumph, which sets up a semi-final showdown against Polandโ€™s no.8 seed Kamil Majchrzak.

Veteran Evans, twice a winner at the ATP Challenger event in Nottingham, had been set on making his Wimbledon preparations work following his 1st Round in the French Open. The 31-year-old has yet to register a main draw success on the red clay at Roland Garros, but in his next Grand Slam – at the All England Club in SW19 – he is expected to prove a threat over five set encounters and become a fansโ€™ favourite at Wimbledon.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Dan Evans ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Denis Kudla
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