Dan Evans (tennis)

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Dan Evans
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Full nameDaniel Evans
Country (sports) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain
Residence Birmingham, England, UK
Born (1990-05-23) 23 May 1990 (age 29)
Solihull, West Midlands, England, UK
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro2006
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachMark Taylor (2004)
Leighton Alfred (2004)
Scott Key
Graeme Adams
Mark Hilton (2007)
Paul Annacone (2008)
Mark Taylor (2009–2016)
Leighton Alfred (2010–2012)
Julien Hoferlin (2011–2012)
Leon Smith (2013)
Nick Weal (2013)
Julien Hoferlin (2013–2014)
Mark Hilton (2016–present)
David Felgate (2019)
Prize money $2,651,412
Career record65–73 (47.1% in ATP Tour events)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 28 (2 March 2020)
Current rankingNo. 28 (2 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2017)
French Open 1R (2017, 2019)
Wimbledon 3R (2016, 2019)
US Open 3R (2013, 2016, 2019)
Career record10–16 (38.5% in ATP Tour events)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 145 (7 October 2019)
Current rankingNo. 150 (10 February 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2020)
French Open 2R (2019)
Wimbledon 1R (2014, 2016, 2019)
US Open 3R (2016)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (2015)
Last updated on: 12 February 2020.

Daniel Evans (born 23 May 1990) is a British professional tennis player, and a Davis Cup Champion. He is currently ranked 28 in the world and is the current British No. 1.


In Grand Slam events, Evans reached the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open after beating seventh-seed Marin Čilić. Evans has made five third-round Slam appearances. At the 2013 US Open as a qualifier, he defeated Kei Nishikori and Bernard Tomic; at Wimbledon 2016, he beat 30th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov; at the 2016 US Open, he won against 27th seed Alexander Zverev; at Wimbledon 2019 and at the 2019 US Open.

Evans's two ATP Tour finals to date have been the 2017 Apia International Sydney (losing to Gilles Müller), and the Delray Beach Open (losing to Radu Albot).

Evans made his Davis Cup debut for Great Britain against Poland in September 2009. Evans twice won deciding fifth rubbers in matches from 2012 and 2013, against Slovakia and Russia respectively, helping Great Britain progress to the Davis Cup World Group. Evans also played in the Semi-Final against Australia, losing both of his rubbers, and was a substitute for the Final against Belgium, with Great Britain winning the Davis Cup in 2015, the nation's first success in the tournament for 79 years. The Davis Cup team was awarded the 2015 BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award. [1]

Evans is often referred to as "Evo". [2]

Early and personal life

Evans's father, David, is an electrician, and his mother Bernadette, a nurse, [3] and he has two older sisters. [4]

Evans first played squash with his father, aged seven, at the local squash and tennis club, the West Warwickshire Sports Club in Solihull, only falling into tennis by chance a couple of years later. Once Evans had got to grips with his preferred racket it became apparent quickly that he had some ability and he began training in earnest, moving to Edgbaston Priory aged 10. By the time he was 13, Evans had moved to Loughborough to live with a host family while training at the LTA's academy at Loughborough University. Of his time at Loughborough, he said: “I was never the best at 14 and 15, in fact, I was probably the worst. I was smaller than the others and a bit of a late developer, but I always thought I was pretty good and in the end, I was the best.”

Evans also has a single figure golf handicap and is still a capable squash player. [2]

Evans supports Aston Villa F.C..

Junior career


Evans was a member of the British team that won the World Junior Tennis competition in the Czech Republic aged 14. [2] Evans was guided by LTA Academy coaches Mark Taylor [4] [5] [6] and Leighton Alfred, who both continued working with him sporadically over the years. [7]


In March, Evans won the junior title at Marcq-en-Baroeul, putting him at the top of the European under-16 rankings. [8]

The Lawn Tennis Association withdrew him from the Wimbledon junior tournament for being, in his own words, “stupid on court”. [9]


In April, Evans was invited to the Davis Cup tie against the Netherlands, as a hitting partner for Tim Henman and Jamie Murray. [9]

In June, Evans had his first win on the ATP tour in the Nottingham qualifier, losing in the second round. [10]

In July, Evans first victories on the Futures tour, after seven attempts, were at the Great Britain F11 in Felixstowe, where he won two rounds before being beaten in the quarterfinals. [11]

Evans reached the quarterfinals of the US Open boys' singles. Evans won a junior tournament in Paraguay, was a runner-up in the Czech Republic and reached a semi-final in Chile. He also had a successful year in a doubles partnership with David Rice, winning tournaments in Brazil, Uruguay and France. Evans was coached by Mark Hilton at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. [9]


Evans started the year at the Nottinghill junior tournament, by reaching the singles quarterfinals, and the doubles final partnering Dan Cox. [12]

At the Australian Open, Evans reached the quarterfinals of the boys' singles, [13] where he lost to Yuki Bhambri. [14] Again with Dan Cox, they reached the doubles quarterfinals.

He went on to win the fourth junior title of his career in Nottingham. [13]

Junior Slam results – Singles:

Australian Open: QF (2008)
French Open: 1R (2007), 2R (2008)
Wimbledon: 1R (2007), 3R (2008)
US Open: QF (2007)

Junior Slam results – Doubles:

Australian Open: QF (2008)
French Open: 1R (2007), QF (2008)
Wimbledon: 1R (2007), 2R (2008)
US Open: 2R (2007)

Senior career


At the start of the year, Evans began working at the National Tennis Centre with Paul Annacone, the LTA men's head coach, who used to work with Pete Sampras and Tim Henman. [3]

In May, Evans reached the quarterfinals of the Bournemouth Futures, [15] achieving a ranking of 1339. [16] A week later, he had another quarterfinal appearance at the Edinburgh Futures, [17] and won the doubles with Joshua Milton at the same event. [18]

In June, he was given a wild card into the Artois Championships, playing Belgian Xavier Malisse in the first round at Queen's Club. He played in the boys' tournament at Wimbledon, but was suspended until November 2008 by the LTA after he was photographed with Daniel Smethurst at a nightclub in the early hours of the morning. The next day, he partnered Smethurst in the boys' doubles event. [3] In addition to losing his funding, he was also denied wild cards to tournaments and access to practice centres and LTA coaching staff. Instead, Evans trained at the West Warwickshire Club in Solihull. [3]

In August he won his first senior title, a Futures event in Wrexham. [19] Later that month he won in London, [20] with a third senior title coming that October in Glasgow, [21]

He ended the year by winning the LTA Male Junior Player of the Year award [22] and ranked world No. 477. [16]


In February, Evans took part in the play-offs for the British Davis Cup team, but lost out to Josh Goodall and Chris Eaton. [23]

Evans won the singles title at The Caversham International in March, an ATP Challenger Tour event, [24] rising to an ATP ranking of world No. 305. [16]

Evans was granted a wildcard into Wimbledon, [25] and was defeated by the 12th seed Nikolay Davydenko. [26] In August, he lost in the first round of qualifying for the US Open to Brazilian Júlio Silva. [27]

In September, Evans, the British No 5, made his debut as part of the Great Britain Davis Cup squad for the Europe/Africa Zone Group I relegation playoff against Poland, along with Andy Murray, Joshua Goodall, James Ward, Ross Hutchins and Ken Skupski. [28] [29] He played in the tie, losing to Jerzy Janowicz in the second rubber, [30] and then losing to Michał Przysiężny in the deciding final rubber. [31] Great Britain were relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group II for the first time since 1996.

In November, he reached the second round of the Caversham ATP Jersey Open, where he lost to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen. [32]


Evans began the year by winning his first qualifying tie in Doha, but lost to Steve Darcis in the second qualifying round. A week later, he succeeded in qualifying for an ATP Tour event for the first time, but lost in the first round of the Heineken Open in Auckland to Michael Lammer. [33] This loss allowed him to take part in qualifying for the Australian Open where he won his first qualifying match 7–5, 6–1 against Sean Berman. [34] He lost in the second round to Santiago Ventura.

In March, Evans was called to the Davis Cup team in the Europe/Africa Zone Group II tie vs Lithuania, in Vilnius, with James Ward, Ken Skupski and Colin Fleming. The Lithuanian side entered the tie as underdogs; fielding a team of teenagers. [35] Ward won his debut Davis Cup match. Evans lost the second singles match, Fleming and Skupski won their doubles, but Ward and Evans were both beaten on the final day. Evans' defeat was his fourth in two Davis Cup appearances and came against a player ranked 269 places below him at 521 in the world and who had never played a match on the ATP World Tour. This was described as a humiliating Davis Cup defeat for Great Britain, [36] and led to the resignation of Davis Cup Captain John Lloyd. Britain was now threatened with relegation to the lowest tier of the competition.

After failing to qualify for The Championships, Evans moved away from Birmingham to train at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, where he would be coached by Mark Taylor [4] and Leighton Alfred. [7]

In December, the Lawn Tennis Association announced cuts to its financial support for some of Britain's underperforming players from 43 to 30, after raising the standards it requires them to meet. This included Evans, who had been hailed as the country's most promising youngster but had in the past been criticised for a poor attitude. [37] [38]


Evans reached the final of three Futures and the semifinal at the Bath Challenger, which led to the All England Club awarding him a wild card for the Championships. [7]

At Wimbledon, Evans lost a close first-round match against the 20th seed Florian Mayer. [39]

Evans' only title this year was the Chiswick Futures F11 doubles with Liam Broady in July. [40]

In December, the Lawn Tennis Association reduced its list of funded players to 23, but Evans was added to the programme, [38] with Julien Hoferlin becoming his coach. [41]


Evans began the year by competing in a number of UK based ITF Futures tournaments, securing his first singles title of the year in Sheffield in mid-January, where he defeated David Rice in the final. [42] The following month, Evans entered qualifying for the PBZ Zagreb Indoors in Croatia, winning his three qualification matches before ultimately losing in three sets to Guillermo García-López in the opening round of the main draw. [43]

In February, Evans was instrumental in Great Britain's 3–2 victory over Slovakia, in the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie. His ATP record stood at zero wins from 10 matches, while Lukáš Lacko had reached the final ATP event in Zagreb only six days ago. Evans won both of his singles matches, defeating much higher ranked players. Evans dismantled Lukáš Lacko, ranked 211 places above him, [44] and Martin Kližan, ranked 156 places higher, in the deciding rubber. [45] [46] These were Evans' first Davis Cup wins. [41]

Evans was ranked No 291 when he pulled off two of the most unexpected wins against the Slovak Republic. By April, he was down to world No 344, having failed to defend his points from last year's Bath Challenger. [47]

Evans also received a qualifying wild card for the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, but lost in straight sets to Björn Phau. [48]

In April, Evans was selected for Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie against Belgium. After Josh Goodall lost the first rubber, Evans, the world No 344 pushed Olivier Rochus (#59) to the limit, but Rochus prevailed to take the match. [49] Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins won their doubles match, but Evans and Goodall lost their second singles matches. Great Britain were beaten 4–1, condemning Leon Smith to his first defeat as Davis Cup Captain.

Soon after the Belgium tie, Evans arrived at the National Tennis Centre, to discover that his LTA coach, Julien Hoferlin had been assigned to Oliver Golding, the former US Open junior champion, instead. [50] Evans was now unable to afford foreign travel, [51] so he spent the next 12 months playing in Britain and Ireland, at ITF Futures level, as well as taking in one Challenger tournament towards the latter stages of the year. [52] He won four ITF Pro Circuit singles titles during the year, all in England. [52] This tally included two titles in as many weeks in September, dropping just one set in ten matches. [52]

Evans was stripped of his funding by the Lawn Tennis Association at the end of the year, having seemingly failed to convince the association of his commitment to the sport. [53]


"I know why. It's because I don't train hard enough and don't work hard enough day in and day out. I'm obviously pretty bad at my job. It's up to me, it's not up to anyone else. I want to push on. It's not that I don't want to do it, I obviously want to do it. It's just for whatever reasons, distractions – I need to stay there and just play tennis and that's it. It's easier said than done. Thousands of people have told me to do it but I'm yet to do it for a sustained period of time. When I do do it, I obviously play pretty well. I definitely think I will be top 100, and I still think that."

Evans, on his own lack of application that has prevented him from progressing further in the sport, in April 2013. [54]

For several months, there was a possibility Evans might quit, as his parents found it difficult to support his career with the necessary £20-25,000-a-year. [55]

After not initially being picked for Great Britain's squad for the Davis Cup tie versus Russia, Evans was given a last-minute place ahead of Britain's no. 3, Jamie Baker. [54] Evans played valiantly in his first rubber against world no. 67 Dmitry Tursunov before losing 4–6 7–6(5) 4–6 7–5 4–6. [54] [56] With Great Britain trailing 2–0 to Russia, the GB doubles pairing of Colin Fleming and Jonny Marray reduced the deficit a day later, before James Ward levelled the tie at 2–2 after beating Tursunov in five sets. The result meant that Evans had the chance to complete an unlikely comeback when he faced world no. 80 Evgeny Donskoy in the final rubber. Evans defeated Donskoy comprehensively in straight sets, thus securing what was described as a "famous victory". [57] [58] [59] [60] The last time Great Britain had come from 2–0 down to win a Davis Cup tie was 83 years ago against Germany, Consequently, Great Britain won a place in the 16-team World Group play-offs in September.

After discussion with Davis Cup captain Smith, the LTA once again agreed to support Evans with a coach and conditioner. He could also practise at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, [53] and was now able to afford to play abroad. [51] In May at his first tournament outside the UK for 12 months, Evans won a clay-court ITF tournament in Båstad, Sweden, where he beat Grzegorz Panfil in the final. [61]

Evans was then given a main-draw wildcard for the 2013 Aegon Trophy in Nottingham in June, reaching the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. In the first round, Evans was dealt a tough draw but overcame fifth seed, and world no. 92, Ryan Harrison in three sets. [62] He then defeated Australian-born Brit Brydan Klein 6–2 6–2 in the second round, [63] before losing to the eventual champion, Australian Matthew Ebden, 6–7 2–6 in the quarter-finals. [64] Shortly before Evans' victory over Klein, he was informed that he had been handed a main-draw wildcard at the Queen's Club, London, for the 2013 Aegon Championships. [63] [65] He won his first-round match comfortably, beating world no. 75 Guido Pella in straight sets. [66] His fine form continued in the following round when Evans disposed of world no. 37, Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, in three sets. [67] He had been a break down at 2–4 in the final set, taking four consecutive games to record the victory. [68] It was the first time Evans had beaten a player ranked in the top 50. [67] In the third round, Evans went down to Juan Martín del Potro in straight sets.

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Evans at the 2013 Wimbledon qualifiers

Evans received a wild card into the Wimbledon qualifiers, where he lost in the first round to Spain's Daniel Muñoz-De La Nava.

Evans reached only his second Challenger final in Vancouver, where he picked up some notable scalps along the way. He defeated top seed Evgeny Donskoy, eighth seed Olivier Rochus, and fifth seed Bobby Reynolds to set up a final clash with second seed and home favourite Vasek Pospisil, where he lost in three sets. This performance saw Evans rise to the top 200 for the first time, reaching number 194, and he also gained direct entry to the Comerica Bank Challenger. Evans completed back-to-back Challenger finals, defeating top seed Guido Pella for the second time this year along the way. In the final, he lost to American Bradley Klahn despite holding match point in the second set. This run would see Evans rise to a career-high of no. 169 and become Britain's no. 2. [69] [70] [71]

After coming through three rounds of qualifying Evans qualified for his first slam event in over two years at the US Open and his first outside Wimbledon. On 26 August at the US Open, he achieved his most impressive victory to date, beating 11th seed Kei Nishikori in the first round in straight sets, [72] to become one of only six British players to beat a player inside the ATP top 15 in a slam since 1990. The others were Andy Murray, Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Jeremy Bates and Nick Brown. [73] Evans made the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time, beating Bernard Tomic of Australia in the second round in four sets. He ultimately lost to 19th seed Tommy Robredo in the third round, however, achieved prize money of US$93,000, almost half of his entire career earnings thus far.

The 23-year-old reached a career-high ranking of 149, becoming British No 2, [69] and consequently, Evans was picked as Britain's second singles player in the Davis Cup World Group play-off against Croatia in Umag on clay. Evans lost his Friday's singles match against Croatia's No 1 Ivan Dodig, ranked 35, but Andy Murray, playing in his first Davis Cup tie for two years, won both his singles matches and the doubles with Colin Fleming. [74] [75] Evans won the dead rubber to help beat Croatia 4-1, and return Great Britain to the World Group for the first time since 2008. [76]


Evans began the year at the 2014 Qatar Open where he came through Qualifying before losing to Ernests Gulbis in the first round. In Melbourne, Evans entered the qualifying competition of the 2014 Australian Open as the 26th seed, however, lost in the second round of qualifying to Hungarian Márton Fucsovics.

In February he entered the qualifying stages of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors as the third seed, losing in the final round of qualification to Bjorn Phau, however he received entry to the main draw as a Lucky Loser after the withdrawal of 7th seed Radek Štěpánek. Evans beat Jan Hájek and Michael Berrer in the first two rounds to make his first-ever quarterfinal at ATP World Tour level. He then stunned third seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets, overcoming a ranking deficit of 120 places. In the semifinal, he lost to Tommy Haas in three tight sets. Despite this loss, he rose to a new career-high ranking of 123. [77] [78]

After losing in the first round of Wimbledon, his coach, Julien Hoferlin [4] departed for his home country of Belgium, and told journalists "He [Evans] has the potential to make himself a top-60 player, but he makes no sacrifices for his sport. He doesn't understand that tennis has to be his priority. For him, it's just a brief interlude in his life." [79]

Evans had a bad knee injury at Wimbledon and missed the last three months of the year. [80]

2015: Davis Cup champion

At the start of this year, Evans played three events, but in March he was fined £350 for failing to turn up for the F4 Futures event on the Wirral, sparking fears about his commitment. He then disappeared for 3 months, [80] struggling with a knee injury that sent his ranking to an all-time low of 772 in May. [81] [82]

In June, Evans lost in qualifying for three straight Challengers in Manchester, Surbiton and Ilkley, all on grass. [80] At Wimbledon, Evans lost his final qualifying match against Japan's Yūichi Sugita. [83] However, since May, Evans returned to some kind of form, reeling off 29 wins from 33 matches, with four Futures titles, Egypt, Frinton, Felixstowe & Nottingham, [84] [85] [86] [87] Roehampton finalist [88] and a run to the semis of a Challenger in Vancouver, [89] where he beat Czech Radek Stepanek along the way. [81]

His ranking recovered to exactly No. 300, and the fact that Evans beat Australian Bernard Tomic in the 2013 US Open, led to his surprise recall to the Great Britain squad for the Davis Cup Semi-Final against Australia. Evans was not even among four contenders that GB team captain Leon Smith named for two singles berths just over a week previously, but was now picked ahead of the injured Kyle Edmund, who is 200 places above him in the rankings at 100, and the woefully out-of-form James Ward. Though Evans lost both his singles matches, Great Britain won 3–2 and reached the Davis Cup Final for the first time since 1978. [90] [91]

On 15 November, Dan Evans, ranked 271, won the Knoxville Challenger on a hard court. [92] On the same day, Kyle Edmund won the Copa Fila Challenge title in Argentina on clay beating Argentina's Carlos Berlocq, ranked No 112 in the world and an expert on the red stuff. [93] James Ward lost in the second round of the same event, though Ward, ranked 156, had also recently won a hard court challenger tournament. [94]

With Belgium opting to stage the Davis Cup Final on an indoor clay court, Leon Smith chose to go with the British number two Edmund, now ranked 100. [95] Evans and Dominic Inglot accompanied the nominated British team of Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray, James Ward, as hitting partners. Great Britain went on to win the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936. Evans and Dominic Inglot joined the team on the winner's podium, and they all received the same Davis Cup medals.

Evans joined the rest of the Davis Cup team at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Show, where they won the 2015 Team of the Year Award. [1]


In January Evans entered the qualifying for the Australian Open. He advanced to the main draw of the tournament for the first time in his career where he lost comfortably to 18th seed Feliciano López, winning only five games in three sets.

At the RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas in February, Evans was beaten by Kyle Edmund [96] in the first all-British Challenger final since 2005, when Alex Bogdanovic beat Mark Hilton. [97] [98]

Six weeks later, there was a second all-British final, at the Challenger Banque Nationale de Drummondville in Canada, [99] where World No 157 & British No 4, Evans defeated World no 531 & British No 17, Edward Corrie, [100] 6–3, 6–4 to claim his third ATP Challenger title. [101] Evans rose to No 125, two places short of his highest ever ranking.

Evans also reached the final of the Drummondville Doubles playing with Lloyd Glasspool. Evans played eight doubles events this year, four with Lloyd Glasspool. [102]

Evans, Kyle Edmund, Dominic Inglot, Andy Murray and Jamie Murray were named for the Davis Cup World Group 1st round match against Japan. [103] On the Wednesday before the tie, Edmund picked up a back injury during practice, so Dan Evans was chosen as the second singles player. [104] Though Evans had beaten Kei Nishikori at the 2013 US Open, he lost his Davis Cup rubber against Kei Nishikori, but Great Britain won 3-1 and progressed to the quarter-finals. [105]

Evans missed the entire clay-court season for the second year running. In April Evans played in the Santaizi ATP Challenger in Taiwan where he advanced to the final without dropping a set. In the final, he beat Russian Konstantin Kravchuk winning 3–6, 6–4, 6–4. This marked a major career milestone for Evans who by winning the title, broke the top 100 of the ATP rankings for the first time, [106] and Great Britain now had four players inside the top 100 for the first time since 1979. [107] A week later, Evans reached the final of the Busan Open Challenger in South Korea, but afterwards Evans had a poor grass-court season in the lead up to Wimbledon.

Evans' ranking allowed him to enter Wimbledon without the need for a wild card. In the first round, he faced Jan-Lennard Struff, and won 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 7–5, despite suffering an injury in the fourth set. [108] He defeated 30th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov in the second round in straight sets, 7–6(8–6),6–4, 6–1, enabling passage to a third-round match against 3rd seed and seven-time champion Roger Federer on Centre Court. However he lost in straight sets, this was only the second time Evans had reached the third round of a grand slam and his first third-round match at a grand slam since 2013. [109]

John Lloyd chose Evans to play World TeamTennis for the San Diego Aviators in August, but he pulled out with no explanation. [110] Evans was named for the Davis Cup quarter-final tie against Serbia on clay, but withdrew, citing a shoulder injury after switching to clay, and "a couple of issues at home". [111] Evans was offered a place in the Rio Olympics due to several withdrawals, but instead he continued on the Tour to improve his ranking. [112]

A day after the Davis Cup Serbia tie, Evans was in Washington for the Citi Open where he beat world no 40 Grigor Dimitrov to reach the last 16. [113] Although he eventually lost in the 3rd round against American big server Jack Sock. Following an impressive run in Washington, Evans won a 3rd challenger title of the year on 14 August in an all British final against Cameron Norrie.

At the US Open, he defeated 27th seed Alexander Zverev in 4 sets in the second round. The teenage Zverev was regarded as a future world no. 1, and Evans thought this was the best result of his career, [114] being his third victory against a top-30 opponent. [115] Evans equalled his previous best tournament performance by reaching the third round, and pushing 3rd seed and eventual champion Stan Wawrinka to 5 sets, eventually losing 6-4 3-6 7-6 (6) 6-7 (8) 2-6, after setting up a match point in the 4th set tiebreak. [116] Including Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund, Great Britain had three men in the last 32 for the first time since 1968. [114] He rose to a career-high ranking of 53.

In the US Open Doubles, Evans teamed up with Nick Kyrgios, winning two rounds, but they withdrew from the next match with both players citing injury from their singles matches. [117]

Initially, Evans, Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot were called upon for the Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina. Eventually, Inglot was dropped to give the team more singles options, [118] though Evans was a possible doubles partner for Jamie Murray because he had played seven doubles events so far this year. [119] With the tie poised at 2-2, Evans played the deciding rubber against Leonardo Mayer, winning the first set but finally losing in four sets. [120]

2017: Top 50, failed drug test, ban

January saw Evans beat 8th ranked Dominic Thiem at Sydney Apia International before winning the semi final to meet Gilles Müller in Evans' first ATP Tour final. [121] He was the first English born player to reach a singles final there in more than 11 years (Tim Henman being the last in 2006) but lost the match in straight sets.

The following week, Evans beat seventh-seed Marin Čilić in the second round of the Australian Open. [122] Evans progressed to the fourth round with a straight sets win over Bernard Tomic, setting up a round-of-16 tie with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (seeded 12th). While he lost the match in 4 sets, this was the furthest he had progressed in any Grand Slam event to date.

Playing in the 2017 Davis Cup World Group first round against the Canada Davis Cup team, Evans beat Denis Shapovalov before losing to Vasek Pospisil, the Great Britain Davis Cup team progressing to the quarter finals.

Evans was banned from playing professional tennis due to testing positive for cocaine in April 2017. Evans claims that he took a relatively small amount of cocaine out of competition, but that some permitted medication he was taking was then 'contaminated' by the cocaine because he accidentally put the leftover cocaine in the pocket of his washbag, thus testing positive in-competition. Evans was eligible to return to the professional circuit on 24 April 2018, having completed a one-year ban. [123]

2018: Return to tennis

Evans returned from his drugs ban on 28 April 2018, having only started training again two months earlier, defeating compatriot Edward Corrie in the first round of qualifying in an ATP Challenger Tour event in Glasgow. [124] He subsequently defeated Sam Barry to qualify for the main draw of the tournament, but lost in the first round to Lucas Miedler. [125] [126]

Evans was not awarded a wildcard for the 2018 Wimbledon Championships; [127] however, following victories in two pre-qualifying matches, Evans secured wildcard entry to the main qualifying event. [128]


Evans reached the final of the Delray Beach Open, but lost to Radu Albot in a third-set tiebreaker. [129] On 14 October 2019 he became Britain's number 1. [130]


Evans started the 2020 season by competing in the ATP Cup, and reached a new career high of 33 on 13 January 2020. [131] In February Evans stunned the seventh seed Andrey Rublev of Russia in the quarterfinals at the Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai, U.A.E. to advances to the semis. Then in the round of four he lost to the Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets. [132]


Evans has been referred to as 'the bad boy of British tennis' [116] and 'the most egregious wasted talent in British tennis'. [82] Evans has lost his LTA funding twice, because of his off-court behaviour and lack of commitment. Firstly as an 18-year-old, he went clubbing in the early hours, the night before a doubles match with Dan Smethurst at the 2008 Junior Wimbledon, which they subsequently lost. Evans was considered to have significant potential but his LTA coaches found his commitment frustratingly inconsistent over the years, so in 2012, Evans was stripped of his funding a second time. [53] Evans's reputation as someone who likes a night out and a drink has persisted, but he insists it is controlled. [133]

In 2014, sports agent Stuart Duguid, of the management company Lagardere Unlimited, said of his charge Evans, ‘British tennis fans are desperate for another top player to get behind in addition to Murray. Dan offers something a little bit different – he’s more edgy and unpredictable. He’s a bit of an enigma.’ [4]

ATP career finals

Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (0–2)
Indoor (0–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfaceOpponentScore
Loss0–1 Jan 2017 Sydney International, Australia250 SeriesHard Flag of Luxembourg.svg Gilles Müller 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Loss0–2 Feb 2019 Delray Beach Open, United States250 SeriesHard Flag of Moldova.svg Radu Albot 6–3, 3–6, 6–7(7–9)

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 39 (21–18)

ATP Challenger (8–6)
ITF Futures (13–12)
Finals by surface
Hard (15–15)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (4–2)
Carpet (1–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfaceOpponentScore
Win1–0Aug 2008Great Britain F12, Wrexham FuturesHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian Flanagan 4–6, 6–3, 1–0 ret.
Win2–0Aug 2008Great Britain F13, London FuturesHard Flag of Montenegro.svg Daniel Danilović3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2
Win3–0Oct 2008Great Britain F16, Glasgow FuturesHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Marcus Willis 6–2, 3–1 ret.
Win4–0 Mar 2009 Jersey, Channel IslandsChallengerHard (i) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jan Minář 6–3, 6–2
Loss4–1Oct 2009Great Britain F15, GlasgowFuturesHard (i) Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Yannick Mertens 0–6, 2–6
Loss4–2May 2010Italy F7, Viterbo FuturesClay Flag of Chile.svg Guillermo Hormazábal 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Loss4–3Sep 2010Great Britain F13, LondonFuturesHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Daniel Cox 1–6, 1–6
Loss4–4Sep 2010Great Britain F14, Nottingham FuturesHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joshua Milton1–6, 5–7
Loss4–5Oct 2010Great Britain F16, GlasgowFuturesHard (i) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew Ebden 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss4–6Oct 2010Great Britain F17, Cardiff FuturesHard (i) Flag of Estonia.svg Jürgen Zopp 4–6, 5–7
Loss4–7Mar 2011Great Britain F3, Tipton FuturesHard (i) Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Yannick Mertens2–6, 6–7(6–8)
Loss4–8Mar 2011Great Britain F4, Bath FuturesHard (i) Flag of Sweden.svg Michael Ryderstedt 6–1, 6–7(6–8), 3–6
Loss4–9Apr 2011Thailand F2, Khon Kaen FuturesHard Flag of Thailand.svg Danai Udomchoke 2–6, 4–6
Loss4–10Jul 2011Great Britain F10, Frinton-on-Sea FuturesGrass Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Josh Goodall 3–6, 2–6
Win5–10Jan 2012Great Britain F2, Sheffield FuturesHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Rice 6–2, 6–0
Win6–10Aug 2012Great Britain F13, LondonFuturesHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Daniel Cox6–2, 7–5
Win7–10Aug 2012Great Britain F15, Roehampton FuturesHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joshua Milton6–3, 6–1
Win8–10Sep 2012Great Britain F16, NottinghamFuturesHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Richard Bloomfield 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2)
Win9–10Mar 2013Great Britain F6, Shrewsbury FuturesHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Marcus Willis7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–1)
Loss9–11Mar 2013Great Britain F7, BathFuturesHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Edward Corrie 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Win10–11May 2013Sweden F3, Båstad FuturesClay Flag of Poland.svg Grzegorz Panfil 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Loss10–12 Aug 2013 Vancouver, CanadaChallengerHard Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Vasek Pospisil 0–6, 6–1, 5–7
Loss10–13 Aug 2013 Aptos, United StatesChallengerHard Flag of the United States.svg Bradley Klahn 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Win11–13May 2015Egypt F17, Sharm El Sheikh FuturesHard Flag of Turkey.svg Barış Ergüden 6–2, 6–7(3–7), 6–3
Win12–13Jul 2015Great Britain F6, Frinton-on-SeaFuturesGrass Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Daniel Smethurst 7–6(7–4), 7–6(10–8)
Win13–13Jul 2015Great Britain F7, Felixstowe FuturesGrass Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Daniel Cox6–2, 6–1
Loss13–14Sep 2015Great Britain F8, RoehamptonFuturesHard Flag of France.svg Quentin Halys 1–6, 7–6(7–5), 5–7
Win14–14Sep 2015Great Britain F9, NottinghamFuturesHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Daniel Cox6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–1
Win15–14 Nov 2015 Knoxville, United StatesChallengerHard (i) Flag of the United States.svg Frances Tiafoe 5–7, 6–1, 6–3
Loss15–15 Feb 2016 Dallas, United StatesChallengerHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kyle Edmund 3–6, 2–6
Win16–15 Mar 2016 Drummondville, CanadaChallengerHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Edward Corrie6–3, 6–4
Win17–15 May 2016 Taipei, TaiwanChallengerCarpet (i) Flag of Russia.svg Konstantin Kravchuk 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Loss17–16 May 2016 Busan, South KoreaChallengerHard Flag of Russia.svg Konstantin Kravchuk4–6, 4–6
Win18–16 Aug 2016 Aptos, United StatesChallengerHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cameron Norrie 6–3, 6–4
Loss18–17 Jun 2018 Nottingham, United KingdomChallengerGrass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Alex de Minaur 6–7(4–7), 5–7
Win19–17 Aug 2018 Vancouver, CanadaChallengerHard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Kubler 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
Loss19–18 Feb 2019 Quimper, FranceChallengerHard (i) Flag of France.svg Grégoire Barrère 6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Win20–18 Jun 2019 Surbiton, United KingdomChallengerGrass Flag of Serbia.svg Viktor Troicki 6–2, 6–3
Win21–18 Jun 2019 Nottingham, United KingdomChallengerGrass Flag of Russia.svg Evgeny Donskoy 7–6(7–3), 6–3

Doubles: 20 (7–13)

ATP Challenger (0–2)
ITF Futures (7–11)
Finals by surface
Hard (6–10)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–2)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Loss0–1Oct 2006Great Britain F20, Nottingham FuturesHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Hilton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Neil Bamford
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jim May
2–6, 7–6(7–4), 0–6
Loss0–2Oct 2007Great Britain F20, Glasgow FuturesHard (i) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Ladislav Chramosta Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Josh Goodall
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Skupski
6–7(5–7), 6–7(7–9)
Win1–2May 2008Great Britain F8, Edinburgh FuturesClay Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joshua Milton Flag of Argentina.svg Diego Álvarez
Flag of Italy.svg Federico Torresi
6–2, 6–2
Loss1–3Oct 2008Spain F36, Martos FuturesHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Daniel Cox Flag of Slovakia.svg Kamil Čapkovič
Flag of Russia.svg Dmitri Sitak
4–6, 5–2 ret.
Loss1–4Feb 2009France F2, Feucherolles FuturesHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Marcus Willis Flag of France.svg Olivier Charroin
Flag of France.svg Nicolas Tourte
3–6, 4–6
Win2–4Mar 2009Great Britain F3, Tipton FuturesHard (i) Flag of Finland.svg Henri Kontinen Flag of the United States.svg Scott Oudsema
Flag of the United States.svg Phillip Simmonds
6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–4), [10–4]
Loss2–5May 2010Italy F8, Pozzuoli FuturesClay Flag of Lithuania.svg Laurynas Grigelis Flag of Argentina.svg Juan-Martín Aranguren
Flag of Argentina.svg Alejandro Fabbri
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Win3–5Sep 2010Great Britain F14, Nottingham FuturesHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lewis Burton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sean Thornley
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Marcus Willis
7–5, 1–6, [13–11]
Win4–5Sep 2010Great Britain F15, Wrexham FuturesHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lewis Burton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Rice
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sean Thornley
7–6(8–6), 6–4
Win5–5Oct 2010Great Britain F16, Glasgow FuturesHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lewis Burton Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew Ebden
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joshua Milton
7–6(7–1), 3–6, [10–6]
Win6–5Jul 2011Great Britain F11, Chiswick FuturesHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Liam Broady Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lewis Burton
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Edward Corrie
7–6(7–3), 4–6, [10–7]
Loss6–6Oct 2011Great Britain F16, Glasgow FuturesHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Fitzpatrick Flag of Italy.svg Fabio Colangelo
Flag of Italy.svg Marco Crugnola
4–6, 6–2, [13–15]
Loss6–7Jul 2012Great Britain F9, Manchester FuturesGrass Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Burn Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Josh Goodall
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Marcus Willis
2–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss6–8Jul 2012Great Britain F11, Felixstowe FuturesGrass Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Burn Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lewis Burton
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Edward Corrie
2–6, 2–6
Loss6–9Aug 2012Great Britain F13, London FuturesHard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Burn Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Fitzpatrick
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sean Thornley
6–7(2–7), 2–6
Loss6–10Feb 2013Great Britain F3, Sheffield FuturesHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Fitzpatrick Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Rice
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sean Thornley
2–6, 6–7(6–8)
Win7–10Mar 2013Great Britain F7, Bath FuturesHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lewis Burton Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jan Minář
Flag of Slovakia.svg Marek Semjan
5–7, 6–1, [10–5]
Loss7–11Mar 2013Great Britain F8, Sunderland FuturesHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lewis Burton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Daniel Smethurst
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alexander Ward
5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Loss7–12 Mar 2016 Drummondville, CanadaChallengerHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lloyd Glasspool Flag of the United States.svg James Cerretani
Flag of the United States.svg Max Schnur
6–3, 3–6, [9–11]
Loss7–13 Sep 2018 Manacor, SpainChallengerHard Flag of Spain.svg Gerard Granollers-Pujol Flag of Uruguay.svg Ariel Behar
Flag of Spain.svg Enrique López Pérez

Performance timelines

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.


Current through the 2020 Dubai Tennis Championships.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SRW–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open AA Q2 AAA Q2 A 1R 4R A 2R 2R 0 / 45–4
French Open AAAAAA Q1 AA 1R A 1R 0 / 20–2
Wimbledon A 1R Q2 1R A Q1 1R Q3 3R A Q2 3R 0 / 54–5
US Open A Q1 AAA 3R Q1 A 3R AA 3R 0 / 36–3
Win–Loss0–00–10–00–10–02–10–10–04–33–20–05–41–10 / 1415–14
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters AAAAAAAAA 2R A 1R 0 / 21–2
Miami Open AAAA Q1 A Q2 AA 1R A 2R 0 / 21–2
Monte-Carlo Masters AAAAAAAAA 1R AA0 / 10–1
Madrid Open AAAAAAAAA 1R AA0 / 10–1
Italian Open AAAAAAAAA 1R A 1R 0 / 20–2
Canadian Open AAAAAAAAAAA 2R 0 / 11–1
Cincinnati Masters AAAAAAAAAAA Q1 0 / 00–0
Shanghai Masters NHAAAAAAAAAA Q2 0 / 00–0
Paris Masters AAAAAAAAAAAA0 / 00–0
Win–Loss0–00–00–00–00–00–00–00–00–01–50–02–40–00 / 93–9
National representation
Davis Cup A Z1 Z2 A Z1 PO A W SF QF PO SF 1 / 48–17
ATP Cup Not Held QF 0 / 13–1
Career statistics
Titles / Finals0 / 00 / 00 / 00 / 00 / 00 / 00 / 00 / 00 / 00 / 10 / 00 / 10 / 00 / 2
Hard Win–Loss0–00–20–30–02–33–23–30–25–710–61–015–1611–550–49
Clay Win–Loss0–00–00–00–00–01–10–00–00–03–60–00–20–04–9
Grass Win–Loss0–10–10–00–20–02–11–30–04–30–00–14–30–011–15
Overall Win–Loss0–10–30–30–22–36–44–60–29–1013–121–119–2111–565–73
Year-end ranking477261363342297150305183661331924247%


Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SRW–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open AAAAAAA 1R 0 / 10–1
French Open AAAAAA 2R 0 / 11–1
Wimbledon Q1 1R A 1R AA 1R 0 / 30–3
US Open AAA 3R AA 2R 0 / 23–1
Win–Loss0–00–10–02–10–00–02–30–10 / 74–6
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters AAAA 2R AA0 / 11–1
Career statistics
Overall Win–Loss0–00–20–02–22–20–06–90–110–16
Year-end ranking7191280104127731552214940%

Wins over top 10 players

1. Flag of Austria.svg Dominic Thiem No. 8 Sydney, AustraliaHardQF3–6, 6–4, 6–1No. 67
2. Flag of Croatia.svg Marin Čilić No. 7 Australian Open, Melbourne, AustraliaHard2R3–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–3No. 51
3. Flag of the United States.svg John Isner No. 9 Delray Beach, United StatesHardSF3–6, 6–2, 6–3No. 148

Record against top 10 players

Evans' match record against players who have been ranked in the top 10. Only ATP Tour main draw and Davis Cup matches are considered.

* As of 28 February 2020

National participation

Davis Cup (8–17)

Group membership
World Group / Finals (3–9)
WG Play-offs (2–1)
Group I (3–5)
Group II (0–2)
Matches by surface
Hard (6–15)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Matches by type
Singles (8–17)
Doubles (0–0)
Matches by venue
Great Britain (4–9)
Away (3–6)
Neutral (1–2)
GroupRdDateOpponent nationScoreVenueSurfaceMatchOpponent playerW/LRubber score
G1 2R POSep 2009Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 2–3 Liverpool Hard (i)Singles 2 Jerzy Janowicz Loss3–6, 3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Singles 5 (decider) Michał Przysiężny Loss2–6, 1–6, 5–7
G2 1RMar 2010Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 2–3 Vilnius Hard (i)Singles 2 Ričardas Berankis Loss1–6, 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 3–6
Singles 5 (decider) Laurynas Grigelis Loss7–6(8–6), 0–6, 5–7, 6–2, 4–6
G1 1RFeb 2012Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 3–2 Glasgow Hard (i)Singles 1 Lukáš Lacko Win6–3, 7–5, 7–5
Singles 5 (decider) Martin Kližan Win6–1, 6–1, 4–6, 3–6, 6–3
2RApr 2012Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1–4GlasgowHard (i)Singles 2 Olivier Rochus Loss6–3, 4–6, 6–7(7–9), 4–6
Singles 5 (dead) Ruben Bemelmans Loss4–6, 4–6
G1 2RApr 2013Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 3–2 Coventry Hard (i)Singles 1 Dmitry Tursunov Loss4–6, 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–5, 4–6
Singles 5 (decider) Evgeny Donskoy Win6–4, 6–4, 6–1
WG POSep 2013Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 4–1 Umag ClaySingles 2 Ivan Dodig Loss3–6, 2–6, 3–6
Singles 5 (dead) Mate Pavić Win6–4, 7–6(7–4)
WG SFSep 2015Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 3–2GlasgowHard (i)Singles 2 Bernard Tomic Loss3–6, 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–4), 4–6
Singles 5 (dead) Thanasi Kokkinakis Loss5–7, 4–6
WG 1RMar 2016Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 3–1 Birmingham Hard (i)Singles 2 Kei Nishikori Loss3–6, 5–7, 6–7(3–7)
SFSep 2016Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 2–3GlasgowHard (i)Singles 5 (decider) Leonardo Mayer Loss6–4, 3–6, 2–6, 4–6
WG 1RFeb 2017Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 3–2 Ottawa Hard (i)Singles 1 Denis Shapovalov Win6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Singles 4 Vasek Pospisil Loss6–7(3–7), 4–6, 6–3, 6–7(5–7)
QFApr 2017Flag of France.svg  France 1–4 Rouen Clay (i)Singles 2 Jérémy Chardy Loss2–6, 3–6, 3–6
Singles 4 (dead) Julien Benneteau Win6–1, 6–2
WG POSep 2018Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 3–1GlasgowHard (i)Singles 1 Denis Istomin Win7–6(7–4), 4–6, 0–6, 6–4, 7–5
Finals RRNov 2019Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2–1 Madrid Hard (i)Singles 2 Robin Haase Loss6–3, 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 2–1Singles 2 Alexander Bublik Loss7–5, 4–6, 1–6
QFFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 2–0Singles 2 Jan-Lennard Struff Win7–6(8–6), 3–6, 7–6(7–2)
SFFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 1–2Singles 2 Rafael Nadal Loss4–6, 0–6

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