Top-ranked British tennis player Dan Evans has recalled his win over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic ahead of Wimbledon. This past clay season, Evans stunned Djokovic at the Monte Carlo Masters to clinch the biggest win of his career.
Evans handed Djokovic a 6-4 7-5 loss in the Monte Carlo round-of-16, before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinal. "My dad messaged me afterwards saying, “Jeez that was good”, and he doesn’t say too much, so that was special,’ Evans tells Sportsmail.
‘If I’m honest Monte Carlo is not my kind of place. It has never appealed to me that much. "But to beat a world No 1 on clay when I supposedly had no chance, it summed up why I carried on when there were a lot of things going against me.
"If you don’t think you can win then why open the tin of balls? That’s what I felt that day. Novak showed he can be vulnerable."
Evans claims British players are sometimes 'too polite'
"As British players we can be too polite.
I don’t know if it’s because we are taught this way, or the type of people who get into tennis, their background, perhaps that’s to not fight so hard. Sometimes they would rather play a nice match and not upset anybody," Evans added.
When asked what would he have told his 21-year-old self, Evans revealed: "I would have said change your lifestyle for sure. I’d say open your eyes. The tour is an education, there are ways of living on it. I never really opened my eyes to that, I didn’t want to learn, I was stuck in my ways and thought I knew right.
‘The tour is difficult but if you get used to it, you like it. It’s tough to look back now and think I didn’t commit to being a tennis player that early "If you look at those who have been successful in our sport, they respect people but know how to win.
Tim Henman thought he was good and had the game to beat anyone. Greg Rusedski with his serve. Andy Murray has always relished scraps with the best."