Novak Djokovic’s clay-court marketing campaign is up and operating — however not in the best way he needed
The pair confronted off within the Monte-Carlo Masters with Djokovic — who has gained the clay occasion twice earlier than — explaining afterward that Evans completely “deserved” his 6-4, 7-5 win.
“Yesterday, I performed [a] fairly good match I assumed. As we speak, was utterly the other of what I felt yesterday. [It] was clearly very, very windy, powerful to play in these type of circumstances towards a man like Evans who makes you progress. He is very unpredictable along with his photographs. He dismantled my sport.”
The 18-time grand slam winner has beforehand lifted two trophies through the occasion’s earlier four-year run, triumphing in 2009 and 2011.
For British No. 1 Evans, it was one of many standout victories of his profession and on a floor that he has traditionally struggled on. Earlier than arriving in Monte-Carlo, he’d solely ever gained 4 clay-court matches.
It wasn’t all clean crusing for Evans although. He needed to combat again from being 0-3 down within the second set and saved a set level in a while.
And after his fourth high 10 victory of his profession, he admitted he had some added motivation from Djokovic’s lateness.
Evans will now face Belgian No. 11 seed David Goffin, who knocked out fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev.
“The most important factor is, you’ve got to consider you’ll be able to win,” he added. “I can stroll on saying it, however you will have actually bought to consider it. After all, I doubted myself within the match. Serving it out is just not simple. You’ve got all types [of things] operating via your head. I’m simply pleased with the way it went and it will likely be one to savor for perhaps after the match, to inform the children and grandkids that you simply beat the world No. 1. It’s a good one.”