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Evans' hot run of form goes on as he breezes into last eight

 

By Steve Simpson

Britain's Dan Evans has won his seventh straight grass-court match after recovering from 4-1 down in the third set to beat Mikael Ymer in Nottingham.

The 29-year-old, who has climbed to 70th in the world in the wake of a year's ban from the sport for taking cocaine, prevailed 6-2 2-6 7-5.

Evans will play either Austria's Sebastian Ofner or Germany's Dominick Koepfer in the last eight.

His run means he is the highest-ranked British man based only on 2019 results.

Evans beat Serbia's former top-15 player Viktor Troicki in the Surbiton final on Sunday, and will take his place in the main draw when Wimbledon begins on July 1.

Meanwhile, German qualifier Dustin Brown upset top-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 Thursday to reach the quarter finals of the Stuttgart Open.

Brown was playing just his second tour-level match of the year but hit a number of spectacular winners to beat the fifth-ranked Zverev and record his first win against a top-10 opponent since 2017.

The 170th-ranked Brown, who is best known for beating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2015, next plays Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime, who defeated Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-4 at the grass-court tournament.

Matteo Berrettini caused another upset earlier on Thursday, defeating second-seeded Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-2.

The Italian next faces American player Denis Kudla.

He advanced with a 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3) victory over Gael Monfils.

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