At Queen’s Club, British number one Dan Evans is knocked out in the quarter-finals.
Dan Evans, the British number one, was beaten in the quarter-finals at Queen’s Club by top seed Matteo Berrettini.
Evans only missed service once in a match that was delayed four and a half hours due to rain, but he was defeated 7-6 (5) 6-3 by the Italian world number nine.
Evans was unable to add big-serving Berrettini to his four previous top-10 victories, which included world number one Novak Djokovic earlier this year, but he will carry a lot of confidence into Wimbledon later this month.
Evans had to save four break points to come back from 0-40 in his first service game under drizzly west London skies, and then lost a break point of his own in the second.
Evans saved four more break points in the fifth, bringing his total for the week to 18.
However, the set devolved into a tie-break after that early flurry of opportunities, and Evans’ double-fault proved costly, canceling out a mini-break.
Berrettini was awarded the opening set point, which he won with a thunderous forehand that a scrambling Evans could only return long.
Berrettini’s 140mph serves, which defeated Andy Murray on Thursday, were in full action again as he hammered down four consecutive aces in a 44-second game.
At 2-2, Evans forced a break point but couldn’t convert, and a sloppy service game gave Berrettini a 5-3 lead and the match.
“I thought he played a good match, and I thought I did well to stick around,” Evans said.
“Obviously, in the first set, I was in some winning positions and didn’t take them. So there you have it.
“However, you should know that I’m right there. At this point on the grass, I’m right there or nearly where I want to be.”