18-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic was straight honest after losing to Great Britain's Daniel Evans at the Monte Carlo Masters as he admitted that the Briton deserved to win. Evans, ranked at No. 33 in the world, claimed one of the most shocking wins of the season on Thursday afternoon in Monte Carlo as he handed a straight-set defeat to world No.
1 Djokovic 6-4 7-5. ''He deserved to win. He had the better quality and played well in the decisive moments. To be honest this has been one of the worst matches from my side I can recall in the last few years. I felt awful on the court overall.
Nothing worked. Just one of those days,'' Djokovic said after losing to Evans, per George Bellshaw.
Djokovic not happy with his performance
Evans made a perfect start to the match, having claimed back-to-back breaks to take a 3-0 lead.
However, Djokovic refused to quit and he responded with back-to-back breaks to level the set at four games apiece. But Evans kept his focus and broke Djokovic in the ninth game for a 5-4 lead, before serving out for the set a game later.
Djokovic was up by a break in the second set and even had a set point on Evans' serve in the 10th game but failed to capitalize as the Briton clinched a win in two sets. "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,'' Djokovic admitted. Djokovic showed his class and praised Evans. "He's a nice player to watch, not so nice to play against. Clay wasn't his surface growing up but the way he plays on clay, I think he plays in a similar quality level to what he plays on his best surfaces. He's a very good player, no doubt about it,'' Djokovic said of Evans.