Dan Evan’s impressive run at the National Bank Open was stopped by Pablo Carreno Busta, who defeated the Brit in three sets in Montreal.
The world No. 39 became the first player of the tournament to take a set from the Spaniard and take a 3-0 lead in the second set, which he eventually won after having to save the match point.
The British number two was eventually surpassed by Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-7, 6-2 over two hours and 58 minutes, with the pair looking exhausted as they hugged at the net at the end of the game.
23rd-ranked Carreno Busta relied on his first serve to dominate his opponent, recording 43 winners and breaking five of his eight chances.
The win brings the Spaniard to his first ATP Masters final, which will be played against eighth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz after the Pole previously lost his opener before fighting back to defeat Casper Ruud.
Evans’ strong recent performances should see him climb to the fringes of the top 20 in the rankings, with those 32nd and higher seeded for the upcoming US Open.
The 32-year-old next plays Filip Krajinovic in the first round of the Western and Southern Open, the last warm-up tournament before Flushing Meadows.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/pablo-carreno-busta-dan-evans-british-hubert-hurkacz-filip-krajinovic-b2144708.html Dan Evans takes the first set of the tournament from Pablo Carreno Busta but Brit falls