Belgian tennis star David Goffin had some interesting words to say of Dan Evans after their meeting at the Monte Carlo Masters. Goffin, seeded at No. 11, was up by a set before world No. 33 Evans stormed back to win 5-7 6-3 6-4 and make his maiden Masters semifinal.
Throughout his career, 30-year-old Evans has preffered faster surfaces such as grass and hard. "It was only him who didn't believe he was able to play well on clay. Now he's more mature, has a more stable game, and he's able to fight and believe he can win.
He was the only one not believing it,'' Goffin said of Evans, per Tennis Majors. After losing a tight first set, Evans kept his focus as he claimed two breaks in the second set to force a decider. In the third set, Evans saved a total of nine break points before earning the lone break of the set in the 10th game to beat Goffin.
Evans continues his stunning run
A day earlier, Evans handed a straight-set defeat to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. ''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. 18-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic also offered a notable praise for 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.