Heading to Monte Carlo with four Masters 1000 wins and as many ATP triumphs on clay, Daniel Evans delivered his best tennis on the slowest surface. The Briton has defeated four rivals to reach his first Masters 1000 semi-final, including a stunning victory over world no.
1 Novak Djokovic. A day later, Daniel overpowered David Goffin 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, in two hours and 41 minutes, bouncing back from set number two to remain on the title course. The Briton had 15 winners and 30 unforced errors, winning ten points more than the Belgian, who hit 35 winners and almost 50 unforced mistakes to spoil his chances.
Evans built a massive advantage in the shortest and mid-range exchanges, serving well and taming his strokes nicely despite weakness in the most extended rallies, where Goffing had the edge. The opening set lasted for over an hour, and it could have been shorter had Evans kept the advantage.
The Briton grabbed a break in the opening game and saved three break chances in the next one to settle into a fine rhythm. Serving well in games four, six and eight, Daniel forged a 5-3 advantage and served for the set in game ten, only to get broken at 3- and keep Goffin in.
Daniel Evans and Stefanos Tsitsipas are through to the last four in Monte Carlo.
With momentum on his side, David earned another break at 6-5 to steal the last four games and the opening set, hoping for more in set number two.
It was a faster and more fluid part of the encounter, with four solid holds for Evans and two breaks that carried him home. David sprayed a backhand mistake in the third game to fall behind, wasted two break chances at 2-3 and suffering another break at 3-5 to hand the set to his opponent.
Facing three break chances at 1-1 in the final set, Evans stayed calm and saved them all to avoid the setback and remain in touch. Goffin had a massive chance to move in front at 4-4, squandering four break chances (three service winners from Evans) and netting a forehand to fall behind.
That provided a massive boost for Daniel, who grabbed a break at 30 a few minutes later to find himself over the top and in the semis. Evans will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the battle for the final, with the young Greek taking the opening set 7-5 against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina before the Spaniard retired due to a left leg injury. Stefanos will play in his sixth Masters 1000 semi-final, reaching the last four at all three clay events of this series.