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19 - 27 May 2018

Loughborough Trophy

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Loughborough Trophy: Evans bows out of ATP Challenger

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  • 24/05/2018

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Dan Evans missed out on a place in the Loughborough Trophy quarter-finals after defeat at the hands of 19-year-old Austrian, Jurij Rodionov.

Both Evans and Rodionov had played through qualifying to reach the main draw second round and despite a vocal crowd cheering Evans on, the Brit could not fight his way through - going down in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.
“It’s good, it’s just difficult at the minute because I’m not winning the matches I’d like, we’ll just see what happens but it’s good to be back,” said Evans, who is returning to the sport following a 12-month suspension.  
Rodionov will now face his compatriot Maximilian Neuchrist in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Nottingham’s Luke Bambridge and Scotland’s Jonny O’Mara put on a masterclass in their doubles quarter-final against young British wild cards Scott Duncan and Isaac Stoute. The pair put away the first set in 24 minutes and despite a spirited fightback in the second set, took the match 6-2, 6-4 over the university students.
“I thought we played really well today, apart from maybe one game where we felt we stepped it off a little bit,” analysed Bambridge, whose current doubles ranking is 111. “I’m really happy with that performance because I think we both felt they played probably a little bit better than what we expected at the start.”

Bambridge and O’Mara will now play second seeds Bradley Mousley and Tim Puetz for a place in the final.

Britain’s Joe Salisbury and his Danish partner Frederick Nielsen also reached the doubles semi-finals. After losing the first set, the pair turned things around to come out on top and defeat Italian duo Julian Ocleppo and Andrea Vavassori 5-7, 6-0, [10-8]. They next face American duo Robert Galloway and Nathaniel Lammons, who progressed to the semi-final thanks to a walk-over.
Earlier in the day, Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili defeated qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori 6-2, 7-5 and will go head-to-head with James Ward on Friday for a place in the singles semi-finals.  Ward's quarter-final match will be live streamed on the British Tennis Facebook page - keep up-to-date and follow it live


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