Evans into first ATP quarter-final

  • Last Updated: February 6 2014, 21:30 GMT

Briton Dan Evans beat Michael Berrer at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors to reach the first ATP World Tour quarter-final of his career.

Dan Evans: Through to the last eight in Zagreb
Dan Evans: Through to the last eight in Zagreb

Evans, only in the main draw as a luck loser, battled back from a set down to defeat the German qualifier 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in one hour and 37 minutes.

Evans struggled in the first set, making only 33 per cent of first serves as his opponent took the two break points that came his way.

But the 23-year-old, ranked 147 in the world, turned the match around in the second, breaking twice himself.

Indeed, he did not face a single break point in either of the last two sets, wasting three break chances in the third before taking it on a tie-break.

Evans, who has left out of Great Britain's Davis Cup team for last weekend's tie in the USA, will play third-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the last eight on Friday. Kohlschreiber swept aside Andrey Golubev 6-4 6-2.

Meanwhile, top seed Tommy Haas came from a set down to defeat fellow German Benjamin Becker and reach the quarter-finals.

Haas was up against it when he dropped the first set, but he battled back to win through 4-6 6-3 6-3.

The 35-year-old, a former world number two, will take on Russian Andrey Kuznetsov in the last eight after the qualifier also came from behind, knocking out eighth-seeded Dutchman Igor Sijsling 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7/5).

Haas' compatriot Bjorn Phau sprang the biggest upset of the day by beating Russian second seed Mikhail Youzhny 4-6 7-5 6-1.

Croatian fourth seed Ivan Dodig progressed with a 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 win over countryman Ivo Karlovic, while Israel's Dudi Sela completed the quarter-final line-up.


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