Following an extraordinary turn of events early in the tournament, British No. 2 Daniel Evans will take part in his first ever ATP World Tour semi-final, when he faces top seed Tommy Haas for a spot in the PBZ Zagreb Indoor final. This is the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour.
Haas defeated qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov to secure a place in his first semifinals since winning Vienna last October. Haas hit 9 aces, and managed 77% of his points on first serve to earn the 7-6(6), 6-4 in 85 minutes. It was a strong performance from both players, as they maintained dominance in their own service games early on in the contest. Next up for the German No. 1 is lucky loser Daniel Evans.
While British No. 2 Daniel Evans currently 135 spots lower than Haas in the rankings, he is expected to rise to around No. 124 as a result of reaching his first ATP World Tour semi-final. Evans replaced Radek Stepanek in the draw and fully took advantage of his opportunity, as he defeated third seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours. It also marked his highest ranked victory this season.
To further add to this achievement, Evans is also the first British player not named Andy Murray to reach the semi-finals in an ATP World Tour tournament since James Ward reached that stage of the Aegon Championships in June 2011.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the tour and will certainly be an interesting affair. Evans is certainly a talented opponent but his issue is consistency and that could possibly factor into the match tomorrow. Haas is the highest ranked opponent Evans has encountered this season and it will be interesting if he will manage to overcome yet another German in Zagreb to reach the finals.
Prediction: Haas in Three Sets