David Goffin expecting tough Dan Evans test, saying: ‘He’s an amazing player’

David Goffin has hailed Dan Evans after he stunned Novak Djokovic in the third round of the Monte-Carlo Masters.

Goffin beat Alexander Zverev to set up a clash with the winner of the Evans/Djokovic match, and like everyone else he expected that to mean a quarterfinal against the world number one.

Evans, though, came out on top in straight sets, with Djokovic admitting that the Brit ‘dismantled his game.’

It was a huge result for a player who openly says clay is his least favourite surface, but Goffin believes it is just the latest in a spate of recent improvements.

“Yeah, of course, you’re always surprised when Novak is losing before the final, let’s say, especially against a guy that on the paper is not a clay court specialist,” Goffin said.

“But if you see Dan, he’s an amazing, talented player. I always thought that he could play on every surface.

“Maybe in his head he was not a clay court player in the past, so he was not super confident on that surface.

“But now it looks like he’s more professional, more stable in his game. I think he’s better, of course.

“I think he’s one step stronger than before, especially the last few weeks, few months. He won his first ATP title. Now on the clay he won a lot of matches.

“He’s an amazing player. It’s going to be a tough match. Of course, it’s an amazing performance to beat Novak in a Masters 1000 here. It’s a great performance for him.”

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