‘It’s a long clay season’ – Novak Djokovic vows to come back fighting

Novak Djokovic was unperturbed by his shock defeat to Dan Evans, saying it’s a long clay season with many opportunities to improve.

The world number one lost in straight sets to Evans, who became just the second British man to ever beat a world number one on clay.

Djokovic, though, whilst admitting his disappointment, knows he will not be short on opportunities to put the loss behind him, starting in Belgrade next week.

“Today was completely the opposite of what I felt yesterday,” Djokovic said.

“Just was obviously very, very windy, tough to play in these kind of conditions against a guy like Evans who makes you move.

“I was just not feeling it, and playing pretty bad. Obviously right now, as I walk off the court, I’m disappointed with the way I played, the way I felt on the court.

“But it’s a long clay season. Still plenty of tournaments, plenty of room to improve.

“Obviously I have to work — hopefully get a better performance next week in Belgrade.”

Djokovic also reserved praise for Evans after the British number one was able to take full advantage of his poor showing.

“He’s very unpredictable with his shots. He dismantled my game.”

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