Novak Djokovic rues one of his ‘worst performances’, adding Dan Evans ‘dismantled my game’
Novak Djokovic lamented a woeful display during his third-round defeat at the hands of Dan Evans at the Monte-Carlo Masters, saying he “felt awful on the court” and “nothing worked”.
British No 1 Evans claimed the biggest win over his career as he stunned the top seed 6-4, 7-5 in just over two hours to reach his maiden ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) April 15, 2021
It was certainly a performance to remember from Evans on his least favourite surface, but for the world No 1 it was a clay display that he would rather forget.
“To be honest, I mean, this has been probably one of the worst matches and performances from my side I can recall in the last years,” Djokovic said.
“I don’t want to take anything away from his win, but from my side, I just felt awful on the court overall. Just nothing worked. It’s one of those days.
“I mean, yesterday [against Jannik Sinner] I played pretty good match I thought. Today was completely the opposite of what I felt yesterday.
“Just was obviously very, very windy, tough to play in these kind of conditions against a guy like Evans who makes you move. He’s very unpredictable with his shots. He dismantled my game.”
The first player to beat Novak Djokovic in 2021.
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Djokovic was also full of praise for Evans, who earlier this week ended four-year drought on clay.
“He’s definitely got the game. I mean, at the Slams obviously best-of-five, it’s different,” he said. “Depends on which surface. He would probably agree maybe clay wasn’t his surface growing up, most preferred one.
“But the way he plays on clay, I think he plays on a similar quality level that he plays probably on his best surfaces like faster hard court or maybe grass.
“Congratulations to him. I mean, he deserved to win. He was a better player. Just more focused I guess and played with a better quality in the decisive moments.”
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