December 8, 2021

Daniel Evans ended Djokovic’s winning streak in 2021 at the Monte Carlo

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The 33rd-ranked Daniel Evans just handed top seed Novak Djokovic his first defeat of the year in the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters’ round of 16, scoring his first win over a Top 5 player. The Brit pulled off a 6-4, 7-5 win to advance on his first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinals. Evans entered the tennis match as the weakest clay court contender as he had not won a tour-level match on clay in nearly four years.

“It probably hasn’t sunk in, yet,” Evans said straight after the match. “I couldn’t believe the last ball went over the net—and it nearly didn’t! I was pleased, regardless, with how I was playing coming into the match, but you can never confident coming into such a big match against Novak. Catch the latest tennis predictions today as you signed up and confirm your account.

Evans beat Dusan Lajovic, runner-up of the Monte Carlo tournament in 2019, in the opening round of the competition before winning against the Miami Open champion, Hubert Hurkacz, in straight sets. This win brought him to the match against the 36-time ATP Masters 1000 champion. “I don’t want to take anything away from his win, but from my side I just felt awful on the court,” Djokovic said. ”

Djokovic came into the match with a winning streak of 10-0 in 2021 and a fresh victory in Melbourne for his 18th major title. Evans took advantage of some sloppy play from the world no. 1 at the start of their first set. He led 3-0 before Djokovic made it 3-2, but a lengthy sixth game put Evans 4-2 up.  Djokovic then leveled it at 4-4 but Evans held serve to take the set on his third set point.

Djokovic raced into a 3-0 lead in the second set but Evans did not lose hope and leveled it at 3-3. Evans dominated the 10th game until a double fault from the Serb was used by Evans to serve out for the win. “To be honest, this has been one of the worst matches from my side I can recall in the last few years,” said Djokovic, who finished with 45 unforced errors.

Evans is the first man to beat the world number one and Australian Open champion this year and he is now set to face world number 15 David Goffin of Belgium in the quarterfinals. This important win helped him bounce back from losing five of his six matches since winning a first ATP title in Melbourne in February. The clay-court tournament was canceled last year because of the coronavirus.

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