The pair faced off at the Monte Carlo Masters with Djokovic – who had won the clay court twice before – later explaining that Evans completely “deserved” his 6-4, 7-5 victory.
“Yesterday I played [a] pretty good match i thought. Today was the complete opposite of what I felt yesterday. [It] it was obviously very, very windy, difficult to play in those kinds of conditions against a guy like Evans who gets you moving. He is very unpredictable with his shots. He took my game apart. “
The 18-time Grand Slam winner has already won two trophies in the last four years of the event, triumphing in 2009 and 2011.
For Britain’s No.1 Evans it was one of the most significant victories of his career and on a surface where he has always struggled. Before arriving in Monte Carlo, he had won only four matches on clay.
It wasn’t entirely easy for Evans. He had to fight after losing 0-3 in the second set and saved a set point later.
And after his fourth career top 10 win, he admitted he had additional motivation behind Djokovic’s delay.
Evans will now face Belgian No.11 seed David Goffin, who knocked out fifth-seed Alexander Zverev.
“The most important thing is that you have to believe that you can win,” he added. “I can keep saying it, but you really have to believe it. Of course, I doubted myself in the game. Serving is not easy. You have all kinds of things. [of things] going through your head. I’m just happy with how it turned out and it will be a moment to savor for maybe after the tournament, to tell the children and grandchildren that you have beaten the world No.1. It’s good. “
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