Dan Evans won straight sets against Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals of the Citi Open to progress to his first-ever ATP 500 final. Evans reacted by screaming loudly and swinging his arms as he struggled to contain his excitement at the remarkable milestone. The British player will face Dutch Tallon Griekspoor in the finals later on Sunday, August 6.
In the video, Evans is seen jubilant with his win as he loudly screamed and danced around the court, even screaming while looking into a camera. He was clearly excited as he fulfilled a major dream to play in an ATP 500 final. The second ranked British beat Bulgarian Dimitrov 6-3, 7-6(4). Evans faced a strong Dimitrov, who had him beat in the power department, though the Bulgarian was left to rue his own mistakes as a series of errors cost him the series. Evans faced early pressure against Dimitrov but managed to hold on to win the set. The second was even closer but the Bulgarian didn’t manage to break Evans’s serve and Evans claimed his victory through a tie-break.
"It was so hard after yesterday putting in such a big effort," Evans said. "Coming back today, it was really important for me to not roll over and have a bad performance. The last few months, that is what has happened a little bit," he further continued.
Evans has not had the best of seasons this year, but he will hope for a win at the Citi Open to have something positive to look back on.
Evans to face Tallon Griekspoor i n final
Evans will have to beat Dutch player Tallon Grieskpoor in the final, who has had an impressive run so far. The 33-year-old Dutchman beat the number 1 seed Taylor Fritz over three sets, where Griekspoor overturned a relatively comfortable first set win by Fritz to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Prior to the match, Griekspoor is the favourite to win the Citi Open thanks to his strong showing at the tournament so far, but Evans is more than capable of surprising anyone on his day and will hope to put his best foot forward.
The final is set to be played at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. It kicks off Monday morning at 2:30 AM IST.