Evans recovered from a hard start to win 3-6 6-3 6-2 in one hour and 32 minutes to reach his second ATP Tour final. The deciding set offered eight good holds on both sides and one loose service game that cost John the match, suffering a break in game two after a weak forehand and winning just two points on the return to drifting away from the finish line.
After a run to the fourth round of the Australian Open in his next tournament, his career seemed poised to take off, but a few months later he tested positive for cocaine. It sounds very cliched but I'm just playing every match.
The 148tyh-ranked Evans has beaten three seeded players this week, also topping third-seed defending champion Frances Tiafoe in the first round and sixth-seeded Andrea Seppi in the quarterfinals.
A year ago he won two ATP titles and reached the final of the US Open, where he was beaten by Novak Djokovic. "I know how good I can be when I'm ready, but I'm not in the physical condition to play at this level yet". I just sort of did a walkabout. "He just kept hitting a lot of balls".
The American seized the only break point he earned in the opening set although that was all we saw from him, with Daniel having the upper hand in sets two and three for the place in the first ATP final since Sydney 2017.
He was forced to stave off a break point chance for Seppi to open the second set in a lengthy game before he seized on an opportunity on the Italian's serve. Even against an American opponent, the Delray Beach crowd urged the top seed on against McDonald by chanting "Delpo" between points and on changeovers.