Dan Evans loses three-hour long battle against Pablo Carreno Busta

Dan Evans misses out on Canadian Open final as Carreno Busta edges three-hour battle in Montreal… but is now on the edge of the top 20 in the rankings after an impressive run

  • British number two beaten by three sets in National Bank Open semi-final
  • Dan Evans was the first person to win a set against Pablo Carreno Busta in open
  • The match lasted almost three hours and were exhausted after the match point
  • Evans will next play Filip Krajinovic at the Western and Southern Open first round

Dan Evans’ impressive run at the National Bank Open has been halted by Pablo Carreno Busta, who defeated the Briton in three sets in Montreal.

The world number 39 became the first player at the tournament to take a set off the Spaniard, racing out to a 3-0 lead in the second set which he eventually won after having to save match point.

The British number two was eventually outlasted 7-5 6-7 6-2 across two hours and 58 minutes by Carreno Busta, with the pair appearing exhausted as they embraced at the net as the match ended.

Dan Evans (right) was the first in the tournament to win a set against Pablo Carreno Busta

Carreno Busta will now face Hubert Hurkacz in the final of the National Bank Open final

The 23rd-ranked Carreno Busta relied on his first serve to dominate his opponent, recording 43 winners and breaking on five of his eight chances.

The victory pushes the Spaniard through to his first ATP Masters final, which will be against eighth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz after the Pole earlier dropped his first set before fighting back to defeat Casper Ruud.

Evans’ strong recent showings should see him surge up the rankings to the edge of the top 20, with those ranked 32 and higher seeded for the upcoming US Open.

The 32-year-old will next play Filip Krajinovic in the first round of the Western and Southern Open, the final warm-up tournament before Flushing Meadows.

Evans will next play at the Western Southern Open when he faces Filip Krajinovic (pictured)

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