cinch Championships 2021: Evans completes first British trio in Queen’s quarter-finals
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Dan Evans became the third British player through to the cinch Championships quarter-finals after completing a 6-4, 7-6 (7) victory over France’s Adrian Mannarino in an hour and 45 minutes.
This is the first time in the Open Era that three British singles players have reached the final eight at The Queen’s Club, with a guaranteed representative in the semi-finals.
The British No.1 – who won his first ATP Tour title earlier this year – was energised from the first ball, rolling through the opening two games without dropping a single point.
Mannarino slowly grew into the match and even managed to break back to level the scores at 3-3. However, this would be his last break of the match as the Brit went on to win 81% of the points off his first serve in a hard-fought win.
Evans was clinical throughout and seized his first chance to get ahead once again and eventually wrap up the set.
The second set was Evans’ most competitive of the tournament so far. Mannarino found some incredible angles off his groundstrokes and even set up two set points – but once again the Brit held his nerve to force a tie-break.
Evans boasts a strong record in tie-breaks this year and extended his winning streak to five in a row as he edged Mannarino to seal victory.
"It felt like a high level match and I'm pleased to come through," said Evans.
"I knew he was good on grass and knew it would be difficult match but I didn't envisage it being that tight. I didn't want it that tight either.
"It was a tough match mentally more than anything to hold on and hold my nerve at the end."
Playing in the first cinch Championships quarter-finals of his career, Evans will now face top seed Matteo Berrettini, who defeated five-time champion Andy Murray in the second match of the day.
The World No.9 put in a dominant display as he beat Murray in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, in an hour and 26 minutes.
Former World No.1 Murray came into the match off the back of his first grass court singles victory in three years on Tuesday against France’s Benoit Paire, but was unable to replicate his heroics against the 2019 US Open semi-finalist.
The Italian put on an absolute serving masterclass against one of the top returners in the game, notching up 14 aces in the match. Murray was unable to capitalise on a pair of early break point opportunities in the second game, which would eventually come back to haunt him.
Murray did his upmost to stay with Berrettini, but the top seed was in scintillating form. With 28 winners to just seven unforced errors the Italian looks set to challenge for his second title on grass this week.
"This was really hard. We all know who Andy is, he is a great player and he was always there even until the last point," Berrettini said.
"I know how tough it is to come back from an injury, so I wish him the best of luck. I think he played great today. I played better. I am just happy that he is back."
Murray will next return to action at Wimbledon later this month having received a wild card into the main draw. The two-time champion will be looking to build on the flashes of brilliance on show this week and making a solid run in front of the home crowd.