Dan Evans said Novak Djokovic ‘annoying him’ before their match helped him score a surprise win over the world number one.
Evans was a strong outsider against Djokovic ahead of their Monte-Carlo Masters clash, but he came through in straight sets to claim a stunning 6-4, 7-5.
In a post-match interview with Amazon Prime, Evans revealed that Djokovic had delayed the start of their match beforehand, and he believes that helped him.
“[Djokovic] kept me waiting at the start in the changing room,” Evans revealed. “That was a little annoying and it got me fired up.
“It’s one-on-one and we see who wins. That’s what I was telling myself. He gave me some cheap ones – I got a little lucky [there].”
On his tactics in the match, Evans added: “Obviously my game was to try and bring him forward.
“It was difficult to get to the net. I felt I did too much running, but that’s the price you have to pay in these matches.”
Evans will now face David Goffin the the quarterfinal after the Belgium knocked out fifth-seed Alexander Zverev.
The pair have only met on court once before, with Evans coming out on top in that clash at the 2020 ATP Cup in Australia.
Dan Evans’ win is only the second time a British man has beaten a reigning world number one on a clay court, the other being Andy Murray’s victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2016 Rome Masters
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