World No. 1 Novak Djokovic lamented an 'awful show aft helium was knocked retired by Britain's Dan Evans successful the 3rd circular of Monte Carlo Masters, the archetypal large tourney of the clay-court play connected the tour. Djokovic, playing lone his 2nd lucifer since the Australian Open triumph successful February, was ousted successful consecutive sets - 6-4, 7-5.
Notably, the one-sided decision brought an extremity to Novak Djokovic's cleanable grounds of 10-0 successful the season. Djokovic was acold from his champion arsenic helium had nary bushed connected a windy time successful Monte Carlo, making arsenic galore arsenic 45 unforced errors.
Dan Evans had won lone 4 matches connected clay earlier helium came to Monte Carlo for the Masters 1000 tourney but helium enactment connected a amusement against Djokovic to registry his archetypal triumph implicit a top-6 subordinate connected the tour.
Djokovic did not clasp backmost arsenic helium rued the disappointing show connected the reddish dirt. "To beryllium honest, this has been astir apt 1 of the worst matches and performances from my broadside I tin callback successful the past years," Djokovic said aft his nonaccomplishment connected Thursday.
"I don't privation to instrumentality thing distant from his win, but from my side, I conscionable felt atrocious connected the tribunal overall. Just thing worked. It's 1 of those days. From my side, I decidedly should person done better. As I said, decidedly that's been 1 of the worst performances I tin retrieve successful galore years."
Plenty of tournaments to amended connected clay: Djokovic upbeat
Djokovic said helium was exiting with a "bitter" feeling but hoped helium tin crook things astir arsenic helium heads location to play the Serbia Open adjacent week. The Serb pointed retired that it's a agelong clay play earlier the apical stars caput to Roland Garros, scheduled betwixt May 30 and June 16.
"Just was evidently very, precise windy, pugnacious to play successful this benignant of conditions against a feline similar Evans who makes you move," helium added. "He's precise unpredictable with his shots. He dismantled my game. I was conscionable not feeling it, and playing beauteous bad.
"Obviously close now, arsenic I locomotion disconnected the court, I'm disappointed with the mode I played, the mode I felt connected the court. But it's a agelong clay season. Still plentifulness of tournaments, plentifulness of country to improve. Obviously, I person to work, hopefully, get a amended show adjacent week successful Belgrade."