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Dan Evans crashes from the Rotterdam Open while the Frenchman Gael Monfils beats the British number one

Dan Evans crashes from Rotterdam Open while Gael Monfils beats the British number one in straight sets to reach the semi-final

  • British number 1 Dan Evans is in the quarterfinals from the Rotterdam Open
  • Evans suffered a 7-6 6-2 straight sets defeat against Frenchman Gael Monfils
  • Monfils, 33, goes to the semi-final of the Open and plays Andrey Rublev

Gael Monfils was in an unplayable mood when World No. 9 saw British No. 1 Dan Evans coming in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the Rotterdam Open.

Defending champion Monfils made his way to a 7-6, 6-2 victory over Evans, who played more than his role in an entertaining, evenly competing first set.

Dan Evans is out of the Rotterdam Open after losing in straight sets to Gael Monfils

Dan Evans is out of the Rotterdam Open after losing in straight sets to Gael Monfils

The Briton was in charge after he broke to go up 5-4, but aggressive Monfils hit back and forced a tie-break that he won with confidence. And after a medical timeout between sets, Monfils did not look back.

The 33-year-old mercurial was at his amusing, energetic best – a glorious lob consolidated a break at 2-0 – while his thriving forehand and lively run took its toll on Evans.

The Frenchman Monfils won 7-6 6-2 to reach the semi-final of the Dutch tournament

The Frenchman Monfils won 7-6 6-2 to reach the semi-final of the Dutch tournament

The Frenchman Monfils won 7-6 6-2 to reach the semi-final of the Dutch tournament

Monfils won the victory in just over two hours and plays the winner of Andrey Rublev – the glowing Russian who has won 17 of his last 18 games – and the Serbian Filip Krajinovic.

Earlier, Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, who represented Great Britain between 2015 and 2017, was defeated 7-5, 6-4 by 19-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. And the Spanish Pablo Carrena-Busta used his deception to surpass the talented Italian teenager Jannik Sinner with 7-5, 3-6, 7-6.

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