Nottingham-based British number three claimed his second major success of the tournament, after defeating Bernard Tomic in straight sets – a personal Grand Slam best.
Dan Evans, who trains at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, shocked the tennis world by beating number seven seed Marin Cilic in the previous round, following up on the biggest win in his career with another impressive victory today.
Evans joined British and world number one Andy Murray in the last 16 of the famous Grand Slam tournament.
The Nottingham Tennis Centre, at University Boulevard, has been thriving with British talent, and Dan Evans is no exception.
General manager of the centre, Mike Wisner, said: “We’re all over the moon with his achievements at the major events so far, its really exciting for him and everyone here.”
He added: “It is a combination of hard work over the last six months and belief, he’s been getting better and better at tournaments recently and we’re really proud of him.”
Evans comes to the Nottingham Tennis Centre and partners with Mark Hilton, and also works with the performance academy.
Mike said: “He’ll be getting used to all the attention as he is a little unknown, but he’s a great inspiration for everyone here.”
Evans, originally from Birmingham, said after his straight sets win: “It was tough, Bernard is difficult.
“I am happy to come through in three tight sets.”
Evans broke Tomic’s serve to claim the first set 7-5, but was made to work hard for the remaining two, having to take the remaining sets via tie breaks.
The rising tennis star added: “It could have gone either way.”
The 26 year-old has recently finished his contract with sportswear giants Nike, and has been having to buy his own tennis shirts in Melbourne: “One shrunk in the wash but I’m happy with them at the minute!”.
The British number three is due to improve on his world ranking and break into the top 50, and after today will claim at least £135,000 in prize money.
Evans will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the next round of the Grand Slam, after the French world number 12 dispatched USA’s Jack Stock in the previous round.