DUBAI – Stefanos Tsitsipas ended the run of unseeded Daniel Evans 6-2 6-3 to reach the Final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships where he will meet top seed Novak Djokovic.
Tsitsipas, who last week successfully defended a title for the first time in his career in Marseille and is into his second consecutive final in Dubai, has surrendered just one set on his way to the final.
He was rarely placed under pressure by Evans and was very satisfied with the way he had played.
“I played really well, both my forehand and backhand side,” said Tsitsipas. “Obviously I was dominating a lot from my forehand side. I was constructing and building the point from the forehand side. It helped tremendously get, like, the lead and the upper hand, kind of being more in charge. I think that was something that helped me get those breakpoints when I had to.
“My service games were close to excellent. I was just playing with a clear head and not thinking of too much, staying in the moment, trying to process of what potentially he’s going to use on the court. Yeah, I didn’t feel it was a threat. I had time, I had space. It was just a matter of time for me to take the lead and get up in the score.”
Despite his defeat, Evans will be encouraged by his continuing progress.
He was competing in his first semi-final since one year ago, and having taken between 2009 and 2019 to earn five wins over top-20 opponents, he has repeated the same feat already in just two months of the 2020 season. His reward is that next week he will be ranked in the top 30 for the first time. JY/Expat Media
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