Dan Evans becomes the first Brit to reach three men’s singles finals in Nottingham
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Since 2018, Britain’s Dan Evans has been one of the most prominent and successful figures at the Rothesay Open Nottingham.
No other Brit boasts a better finals record in the history of the men’s singles event than Evans, with his three finals in four tournaments going unmatched. He's also only the second player to make three singles finals, joining Jonas Bjorkman and Johanna Konta.
On the cusp of history once again, Evans could join fellow Brit Greg Rusedski and five other former champions as two-time title winner at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, when he faces Jordan Thompson in Sunday’s final.
“I was a little nervous. I knew it was going to be a tough match - he's a huge competitor," said Evans on court after his semi-final win over Jack Sock.
"It was my toughest match so far. We both played good, but I nicked a few points here and there. The fans made the match even better. Every time I get the chance to play on Centre Court is a real pleasure."
Evans famously won the title back in 2019 where he defeated Evgeny Donskoy 7-6(3), 6-3 having played his semi-final earlier in the day in front of a roaring home crowd.
It marked a historic double for the Birmingham-born star as one of only two players to win back-to-back Challengers on grass for 20 years – having won in Surbiton the week before.
It seemed only fitting that a Brit would win the title in the first year it was named the Paul Hutchins trophy – after the former tournament director and Davis Cup captain.
Evans made his first Nottingham Open final only the year before in 2018, coming in as the world No.530. There he lost to a rising star in 19-year-old Alex de Minaur – now also a champion at the Rothesay International Eastbourne.
Some may say that Evans and Nottingham are a match made in heaven – a Midlands boy bringing his best tennis at his home event – but with less than 24 hours to go, his story at this historic event could have another chapter yet.