Dan Evans beats Viktor Troicki in straight sets to win Surbiton Trophy
Dan Evans beats Viktor Troicki in straight sets to win Surbiton Trophy title as he builds towards Wimbledon
- Viktor Troicki suffered 6-2, 6-3 defeat by Dan Evans in the Surbiton Trophy final
- The Briton’s win starts grass season in style ahead of Wimbledon in July
- Evans is now up to world No 70 after returning from a year-long drugs ban
Dan Evans’s build-up to Wimbledon had the perfect launch when he won the first tournament of this year’s grass court season on the lawns of south west London.
The 29-year-old from Birmingham survived a rain delay after the first set to defeat Serbia’s Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-3 and win the £100,000 Surbiton Trophy.
By doing so he moves up to No 70 in the world, and is now the leading British male based on results purely of 2019.
Dan Evans beat Serbia’s Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-3 to earn victory in the Surbiton Trophy final
While he is still behind Kyle Edmund and Cam Norrie in the overall rankings he is 47th in the ATP ‘race’ of this season, three places ahead of Norrie and 24 beyond Edmund.
Evans is the first home player to win a Challenger level in this country since 2009, having been the last person to claim a similar title when he won in the Channel Islands 10 years ago as a teenager.
He got off to a quick start in both sets and Troicki, once ranked inside the world’s top twenty, could not respond.
Evans will now move up to World No 70 and is the top Briton by results during the 2019 season
‘It’s a great start to the grass court season,’ said Evans. ‘Viktor seemed a bit flat and I got on top early – I could have been even more clinical in the second set. It was a tough match and I am just grateful to get those in and come through a few with no injuries.’
Evans now heads to another Challenger, the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham, where he is the top seed. He has already been awarded a wildcard into the Fever Tree Championships at Queen’s Club.
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