Norrie misses British No 1 chance with Evans set to replace Edmund
Cameron Norrie fell short in his bid to become the British No 1 after he was outclassed by US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev at the Shanghai Masters.
Kyle Edmund’s first-round defeat to Jeremy Chardy opened the door for Norrie, but he needed a deep run in China to take the British No 1 spot.
Norrie lost 6-3 6-1 to Medvedev, who is through to face Vasek Pospisil in the next round.
Edmund slips out of the ATP top 50 following his sixth defeat in a row, while for Evans the British No 1 status would mark an incredible change in fortunes for the 29-year-old.
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Back in 2017, Evans received a one-year ban from the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for cocaine.
He returned from the doping ban in mid-2018, and has risen up the rankings from 1195th in May 2018 to 43rd as of Monday.
Evans and Norrie played together at the US Open, losing to top seeds Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah in the second round.