Murray tips ‘favourite’ Evans to win their Battle of the Brits semi

Evening Standard – Tennis
tom dutton
2020-06-27 03:53:00

Andy Murray has tipped Dan Evans to win their Battle of the Brits semi-final on Saturday.

Evans, ranked 28th in the world, takes on Murray having made it three wins from three group games at the event in Roehampton with Friday’s 6-2 3-6 10-4 victory over Ryan Peniston.

Murray, who this week has beaten Liam Broady and James Ward either side of a loss to Kyle Edmund, entered the tournament having not previously played since November due to a bruised bone.

The 33-year-old three-time grand-slam champion and former world number one is currently ranked 129th in the world.

Murray said of 30-year-old Evans: “I would imagine he would go into the match as the favourite right now.

“My hope is that in a few months when we are back on tour competing, that I will be up at that level and feeling a bit more that I will be going into those matches expecting to win.”

Edmund on Friday also registered his third win of the week as he beat Broady 6-3 6-3.

After Liverpool secured the Premier League title the previous evening, Edmund saluted the triumph by putting three Reds shirts on display, laying them across a bench by the court.

And following his match the world number 44 said he had been “buzzing” after watching Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City that confirmed Liverpool as champions, admitting he had not gone to bed until around 2am.

Edmund told Amazon Prime: “I was watching last night and when that penalty went in, that was the one. I was buzzing last night, didn’t go to bed until about two or something, just watching all the videos and stuff.

“Coming out here I had to remember I’m a tennis player, to try to concentrate! I was a bit tired this morning but it was good today. I just played balanced tennis and did what I had to do.”

Murray has played three matches in three days. (Getty Images for Battle Of The B)

Edmund’s semi-final opponent will be Cameron Norrie, who completed his group games by defeating Paul Jubb 6-0 6-2.

The doubles final on Saturday will see Evans and Lloyd Glasspool face Jamie Murray – the event host – and Neal Skupski.

Evans and Glasspool beat Edmund and James Ward in the semis on Friday, while Murray and Skupski got past Joe Salisbury and Jonny O’Mara.

Additional reporting by PA

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