The British Dan Evans STUNS number 1 in the world, Novak Djokovic, is the biggest win of his career in straight sets at the Monte-Carlo Masters to reach the quarter-finals
- Dan Evans defeated Novak Djokovic in Monte-Carlo 6: 4: 7: 5
- The British No. 1 had never beaten a player who was in the top 10
- But the 30-year-old reached the quarter-finals with an excellent performance
- Djokovic later described his display as “one of the worst in many years”.
Dan Evans scored the biggest win of his career today with an incredible win over Novak Djokovic, world champion number one, at the Monte Carlo Open.
The British number one prevailed 6: 4: 7: 5 against Djokovic and reached the quarter-finals of the main curtain of the clay court season.
The 30-year-old Midlander played on his least favorite surface in cold and stormy conditions and produced a barely believable level of tennis. He mixed up his game to frustrate one of the greats.
Dan Evans scored the best career win to stun Novak Djokovic in the third round
The British number one put in a brilliant performance against a below average Djokovic
Djokovic made an unusually high number of casual mistakes but failed to maintain the 3-0 lead he built in the second set when he looked like he was tapping again.
Evans returned to 4-4, then missed a simple backhand at 15-30 against his opponent’s serve. At 5-4, Djokovic had a set point, but within ten minutes it had been broken again, leaving Evans in the wind for the match.
He got a lucky call between 15 and 15, but then served him with relatively little drama against an extremely flat Australian Open champion.
“My game plan was to get him forward and get him to hit the ball when he was low on the pitch,” said Evans after becoming only the second GB player to have a world number one on Sand defeated – usually its least preferred surface.
Evans reaches the quarterfinals of a Masters event for the first time since the great win
“It was difficult to get online and at times I felt like I was running too much. He had many breakpoints but didn’t take them. I tried to get his second serve early and show him that I wouldn’t be standing around the back of the field.
“He made me wait in the locker room at the beginning, which was a bit annoying. It’s one and one, I called that myself. ‘
‘He played fantastic tennis, difficult conditions and he did it so well. Djokovic was frustrated, ”said the observing Tim Henman Amazon. “To beat world number one is an amazing win.”
Djokovic said afterwards: “He’s a nice player, against whom you can’t play so well. Clay wasn’t its surface, but the way it plays on clay I think it plays in a similar quality to its best surfaces. He’s a very good player, there’s no doubt about that. ‘
“I definitely should have done better. It really is one of the worst accomplishments I can remember in many years. “
Evans now faces Belgian number one David Goffin in the last eight.