Britain’s Daniel Evans will be up against Lorenzo Sonego of Italy in the semi-finals of the 2020 Vienna Open ATP 500 on Saturday, October 31. The exact match time is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Daniel Evans v Lorenzo Sonego match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daniel Evans v Lorenzo Sonego Head to Head
This will be the first meeting ever between the 33rd-ranked Evans and Sonego who is 42nd in the world.
Sonego Registers Biggest Career Win
Any time you beat the world number one, it has to be one of your biggest, if not the biggest win of your career.
More so when the world number had come into the encounter with just two losses all year, one of which had come to a default.
And when you yourself are a lucky loser, ranked 42nd in the world, with no wins over top-10 players before this.
Most importantly when you end up winning 6-2, 6-1, relegating that world number one to the joint-worst defeat of his career.
That’s exactly what happened with Sonego, who enters this semifinal with the most stunning performance of the tournament, to go along with the best of his career, as he pulled off a win to remember against Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic might have come into the match assured of the year-ending world number one, and admittedly a tad off-colour because of that but Sonego did come up with the best tennis of his career to upset the top seed.
The Italian opened the match with a break of serve and then doubled his advantage when he broke Djokovic again in the third game. It took the Serb five games to get on the board before Sonego served out the set to win it 6-2.
The second set turned out to be even better for Sonego, who later called it the best win of his life, as he turned the screws on the world number one by breaking him thrice.
The key now would be to quickly shrug off the obvious excitement from the best result of his career and focus on the task on hand and that is to make it to the second ATP final of his career.
Evans Erases Dimitrov Chances
Grigor Dimitrov was an overwhelming favourite going into his quarterfinal match against Evans, tipped at 2/5 to get there. Evans had other ideas though as he went on to register his eighth win of the season over a top-20 player, beating Dimitrov in three, fighting sets to move into the last four.
It started with with four breaks of serve in the first set, shared equally by Evans and Dimitrov, which took the encounter into a tie-breaker. Evans took control of the tie-breaker by getting a couple of mini-breaks and then taking a 5-1 lead, before sealing off the set 7-3.
The tussle became cagier over the next two sets with Dimitrov getting a sole break in the second set, before Evans held on to an early break in the third set to wrap up the encounter 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 and move into the semifinal.
Evans’ win over Dimitrov follows straight-set wins for the Brit against Aljaz Bedene and Jurij Rodionov and with Djokovic out of his way, it gives him a solid chance of making it to his first ever final of an ATP 500 event.
Evans v Sonego Prediction and Tip
Evans starts off a favourite here but a win over Djokovic, and a resounding one at that, should infuse a lot of confidence into Sonego in this match. We could be looking at another match that goes the distance.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)