Novak Djokovic described his defeat to Dan Evans at the Monte-Carlo Masters as ‘one of his worst matches.’
Djokovic was a strong favourite against Evans, who openly admits that clay is his least surface.
However, the world number one never really got into his stride, and although the customary fight was there, he was unable to turn the match around after a poor start that saw him 0-3 down in 11 minutes.
And, after Evans’ 6-5, 7-5 win, Djokovic was in no mood to hide his disappointment.
“Congratulations to him, he was the better player,” Djokovic said.
“To be honest this has been one of the worst matches from my side I can recall in the last few years,” said Djokovic.
“I felt awful on the court overall. Nothing worked. Just one of those days.
“It was just an awful performance. I can’t take any positives away from this match. It definitely leaves a bitter feeling exiting the court this way.”
Evans, meanwhile, happily admitted it was probably the biggest win of his career.
“It probably hasn’t sunk in yet, I couldn’t quite believe that last ball went over the net,” he said. “It nearly didn’t.
“It’s clearly a big win. That’s the biggest thing, you’ve got to believe you can win. Serving it out isn’t easy, you’ve got all these things going through your head.”
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