Dan Evans battles back to defeat Andy Murray at the Battle of the Brits

Dan Evans battled back from a set down to defeat Andy Murray and reach the final of the Battle of the Brits event.

Murray looked somewhere close to his best as he took the first set against the British No.1.

The 33-year-old was spraying winners and serving brilliantly in a 6-1 success against the world No.27 in what was only the fourth match for the Scot since November due to a bruised pelvic bone.

But Evans, who was having a standout year on the ATP Tour before the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, turned the tables and produced a fine second set to level up.

He dominated from the off to take it 6-3 and send the match to a first-to-10 championship tiebreak decider.

And Evans was the better player in the tie-break and clinched the win 10/8.
He will play either Kyle Edmund or Cameron Norrie in Sunday’s final.

‘I started to come forward a bit more on my slice especially,’ said Evans, explaining how he forced his way back into the contest.

‘He did a lot good in the first set. In the end it came down to the big points. I got a little lucky today but I’m just happy to come through.

‘I was surprised how well he was executing. I wasn’t too down going to the chair after the first set, I just needed to change a few things.

‘He was playing big tennis on the break points. I stuck with it. You always know with Andy he’s going to come out with top tennis. I hung in there and that’s how it goes sometimes.’

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