Dan Evans will climb to No 63 in the rankings after claiming another Challenger title – his second in as many weeks – by defeating Evgeny Donskoy of Russia in the final of Nottingham’s Nature Valley Open.
Evans should have had good memories of facing Donskoy, whom he beat in the deciding rubber of Great Britain’s 2013 promotional play-off to reach the World Group of the Davis Cup.
Then, Evans was not even ranked in the top 300, but now he has established himself as a man who can mix it with the best, and he swept past Donskoy in 95 minutes to claim a 7-6, 6-3 victory on Sunday.
The win made it ten straight for Evans since his creditable first-round exit from the French Open at the hands of Fernando Verdasco.
First in Surbiton, and then in Nottingham, his grass-court game has proven too sophisticated for his opponents – who have included three former top-50 players in Go Soeda, Viktor Troicki and Marcel Granollers.
The fact that Evans has been able to maintain his energy levels through a demanding fixture list – particularly in Nottingham, where terrible weather played havoc with the scheduling – is further evidence of a renewed work ethic, which has been boosted by the intensity of his coach David Felgate.
Evans will have a day off on Monday before returning to the match court tomorrow, when he is due to play Stan Wawrinka in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s.
British No 2 Cameron Norrie is due to face second seed Kevin Anderson at Queen’s, while James Ward – who overcame Ivo Karlovic in qualifying yesterday – is to face the experienced Frenchman Gilles Simon.
At Birmingham’s Nature Valley Classic, meanwhile, British No 1 Johanna Konta will take on her near namesake – Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit.