Dan Evans was unable to clinch his first title of the season as he went down in the final of the Quimper Challenger to Gregoire Barrere.
Despite looking comfortable in the opening set, Evans lost 4-6 6-2 6-3 in front of a packed crowd in northwest France.
Evans started the match well, breaking in the fifth game before holding on to clinch the opening set. However Barrere grew in confidence, with his aggressive style overpowering Evans as he forced a final set.
The Frenchman, buoyed on by a raucous home crowd, saved three break points before breaking Evans immediately to lead 3-1 in what turned out to be the pivotal moment of the match. Evans, who was 40-15 up, struggled on serve, as the powerful Barrere took the initiative in the only break in the final set.
Hitting an impressive 13 aces, Barrere was ultimately too strong for Evans in the end, with the Briton visibly bemoaning a few line calls towards the end.
Before reaching Sunday’s final, Evans had required three final set tie-breaks and looked tired as the match drew to a conclusion. However his run to the final will see Evans rise back inside the world’s top 150 when the new rankings are released tomorrow.