Canadian Open: Dan Evans through to semi-finals but Jack Draper denied all-British showdown

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British No1 Dan Evans has reached the semi-finals of the National Bank Open in Montreal  (Getty Images)
British No1 Dan Evans has reached the semi-finals of the National Bank Open in Montreal (Getty Images)

Dan Evans has sealed his place in the National Bank Open semi-finals, but an all-British last-four clash with Jack Draper in Canada is not happening.

British No1 Evans bounced back from an early deficit to defeat American Tommy Paul 1-6 6-3 6-4 in Montreal on Friday night, reaching a Masters 1000 semi-final for only the second time in his career.

However, compatriot Draper will not be his next opponent after being beaten 7-6 6-1 by Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

“You wonder if it’s going to happen, if you are going to get into the match, and I got in,” said Evans.

“When I got ahead I really took it to Tommy and that’s been sort of my way throughout this week so far, and I went about it in a good way, I was fired up and I thought it was a good battle between me and Tommy.”

Evans will not face Jack Draper next following the latter’s defeat by Pablo Carreno Busta (Getty Images)
Evans will not face Jack Draper next following the latter’s defeat by Pablo Carreno Busta (Getty Images)

Carreno Busta, 31, became the only player in Montreal to avoid dropping a set as he knocked out Draper and booked his spot against Evans.

The 20-year-old scrapped hard but Carreno Busta dominated throughout to win 7-6 (4) 6-1, with his younger opponent left to appreciate a week in which he reached his first Masters quarter-final and took down world No5 Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The other semi-final will be contested between Hubert Hurkacz and Casper Ruud, after the former defeated Nick Kyrgios and the latter sent local favourite Felix Auger-Aliassime home.

Additional reporting by the Press Association.