Dan Evans was knocked out of the China Open in straight sets by john isner.
In a tight match in Beijing, Evans could not break the big American’s serve and lost 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.
The 29-year-old, ranked 48th in the world, would have overtaken kyle edmund as British number one if he had reached the semi-finals.
Evans fashioned two break points in the ninth game of the first set, but could not take either, and the big-serving Isner, 34, took the tie-break 7-3.
The second set looked to be heading for a tie-break too, until Isner found some magic to secure the only break of serve in the match and book a quarter-final spot against either Greece’s stefanos tsitsipas or Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.