Top-ranked British tennis player Dan Evans admitted his attitude in the past toward developing his game on clay was "pretty poor." Evans, 30, made his maiden Masters semifinal on the clay courts of Monte Carlo.
Throughout his career, Evans preferred faster surfaces such as grass and hard. "My attitude was obviously pretty poor back then to developing my game on the clay," Evans said, per The Herald Scotland. “There’s no point in looking back.
If I look back all the time, I’d be forever looking back and disappointed. "It’s been a good week. I’m enjoying it. It’s easy to say everybody told me I’d be able to play on it before. It’s not that simple, is it? Otherwise we’d all be winning matches all the time.
“I’ve definitely found my way. The movement aspect of it has been a little easier. I definitely think with last year having the clay so close to this year has definitely helped”.
David Goffin and Novak Djokovic had nice words about Evans
"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," Goffin said of Evans. “He has a lot of talent. He’s able to change tactics when he needs to. He’s very smart, very precise.
When he feels down, he moves forward, makes shorter rallies”. Evans stunned 18-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic in the quarterfinal to claim the biggest win of his career. "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.