‘You get days like this,’ says Rafael Nadal on shock Novak Djokovic defeat

Rafael Nadal has urged people not to read too much into Novak Djokovic’s surprise loss to Dan Evans in Monte-Carlo.

Djokovic was stunned by British number one Evans in straight sets, branding his performance ‘awful’ and ‘one of the worst’ he can remember.

Nadal, though, says the fact we are all so surprised any time a top player loses is a testament to their incredible standards.

“I did not expect [Evans] to beat Djokovic, neither me nor almost anyone,” Nadal said.

“The fact that those of us at the top have not failed almost never makes any surprise before us seem very special, but the difference is not much.

“Normally, you get days like this. Once it was his turn, you have to accept it, the rivals also want to win.

“I have seen Evans very well, he knows how to play, he is intelligent, with a different style of play, and he knows how to control the times with few errors. He reads the game very well and changes the rhythm.

Djokovic suggested the conditions in Monte-Carlo were tough, particularly with the wind on court, although Nadal says he does not agree.

“The wind was tolerable, this is not a real wind, far from it,” he said.

“In the semi-finals that I lost against Fognini here [in 2019] there was wind, or when I beat Federer at Roland Garros a couple of years ago.

“This is the grace of our sport, we play on open courts with changing conditions, with a decisive impact on the game, especially on clay.

“You have to be prepared to accept things and I hope to be.”

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