Evans stuns Kohlschreiber

  • Last Updated: February 8 2014, 12:27 GMT

British number two Dan Evans produced a major shock at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors as he beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach his first ATP Tour semi-final.

Dan Evans: Into the semi-finals in Zagreb
Dan Evans: Into the semi-finals in Zagreb

The 23-year-old - a lucky-loser entrant in Croatia thanks to Radek Stepanek's withdrawal - raised eyebrows on his way to reaching his first quarter-final on tour by beating Jan Hajek and Michael Berrer in the early rounds.

The Birmingham player went one better on Friday, making the last four as he recovered from the loss of the second set to former world number 12 Kohlschreiber to pull off a 6-4 2-6 6-4 victory.

Evans, ranked 147th in the world, had watched Kohlschreiber save the first two match points but held his nerve to clinch the surprise win in exactly two hours.

He will now challenge Tommy Haas, who overcame Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 victory.

Evans was recently left out of Britain's victorious Davis Cup team by captain Leon Smith after deciding to return home immediately following his elimination from the Australian Open.

Marin Cilic kept alive his chances of winning the event for the fourth time in six years by beating his close friend Ivan Dodig.

Fifth seed Cilic needed just over 90 minutes to edge out fellow Croatian Dodig 7-5 6-4 in Zagreb, clinching his 18th win from his last 19 matches at the ATP World Tour tournament in the process.

Cilic told the ATP's official website: "It was tough. There was a lot of emotion on the court. I was Ivan's best man at his wedding and we have been friends for many years.

"It was not easy to play. A few points decided the match."

The world number 37 will next tackle world number 358 Bjorn Phau after the German qualifier overcame Dudi Sela 6-4 6-3.


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