- We’re down to the final four at the Dubai Open Championships
- With Dan Evans and Stefanos Tsitsipas on one side of the bracket, who has the edge?
- Check out the odds and who we believe will come out on top below
With the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships officially upon us, we have one player in Stefanos Tsitsipas who was expected to be here when the draw was first announced.
His opponent, Dan Evans on the other hand, wasn’t even given much of a shot to be a tennis player let alone a semi-finalist at one of the biggest tournaments of the year.
Yet here we are as these two ready to punch their tickets to the finals of the event.
The much higher-ranked Tsitsipas is the favorite, but he could be dealing with more than he can chew once the first ball goes into play.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Dan Evans Odds
|O 21.5 (-110)
|U 21.5 (-109)
Odds Taken Feb. 27
Dan Evans Continues His Resurgence
Remember when Dan Evans was discarded to the side and forgotten? Well, no longer does that storyline apply to him. Instead, he now sits at a career-high ranking of number 37 in the world.
He’s off to the best start of his career and the Great Britain born player has taken down some huge names during this tournament already.
Fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini who also currently ranks 11th in the world was the first to fall at the hands of Evans.
Losing the first set and down an early break in the second, things looked incredibly bleak for Evans. He could have simply chosen to pack it in and accept the fact that it wasn’t his day. Instead, he fought back and closed the show in three sets.
— britwatchsports (@britwatchsports) February 27, 2020
Things didn’t get easy for Evans in the following round as he won a razor close three set match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The contest was decided with just one point in the final set tiebreaker.
With two close matches under his belt, Evans faced off with one of the more dominant players on the entire tour. Andrey Rublev.
It was surprising to see Evans not just win, but do so in straight sets. Now that he has already beaten the odds, he’ll have to do so again if he wants to punch his ticket to the finals.
Stefanos Tsitsipas Looks Unstoppable
There’s a reason why Stefanos Tsitsipas has gotten the attention of the entire tennis world. He’s been nothing short of impressive for a number of years now, but it seems as though he is going to take yet another step forward this year.
Just take a look at what he’s been able to do in this tournament.
— Dee (@dee__2020) February 27, 2020
During the first two rounds, Tsitsipas has made it look easy with straight-set wins against Pablo Carreno Busta and Alexander Bublik. Between both matches, he was broken just once.
Things got a bit more difficult for the number two seed as he lost the first set against Jan-Lennard Struff. He quickly placed that first set behind him to win the remaining two and move on.
For as great as Tsitsipas has looked, will he be able to keep it going against another impressive player in Dan Evans?
How They Matchup
Neither man will be afforded the gift of familiarity as this will be the first time that they have played each other in their careers.
On paper, Tsitsipas looks as though he should be the clear pick but when we take a deep dive into the numbers, Evans is actually on par with his higher-ranked opponent, at least when it comes their 2020 records.
Tsitsipas vs Evans Stats
|Overall Record This Year
|Wins Against Each Other
|Titles Won This Year
The stakes for this contest are clear. Win, and get one step closer to hoisting the Dubai Tennis Championships trophy.
Final Pick: Stefanos Tsitsipas
Dan Evans is worth a long and hard look here. He’s put his troubled past behind him and looks more like a top 10 caliber player rather than a top 40 one.
Still, even with how impressive Evans has been it’s hard to bet against Stefanos Tsitsipas. You could easily make the case that the 21-year-old could soon become a multiple time grand slam champion. It’s still a bit too early to say that he will for sure, but you can expect him to walk away with the win in this one.