Rafael Nadal Labels Dan Evans’ Triumph Over Novak Djokovic at Monte Carlo Masters As a Big Win For His Career

Published 04/16/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his second round match against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


British No. 1 Dan Evans recently made headlines by thrashing the World No. 1 at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021. Djoker didn’t stand a chance against Evans in the pre-quarters, and Evans crushed him in straight sets to earn the ticket to the quarters. The final scoreline of the match was 6-4, 7-5. While Novak Djokovic lost his pre-quarters match, Rafael Nadal steamrolled Grigor Dimitrov in the pre-quarters. He won the match comfortably by defeating the Bulgarian player 6-1, 6-1.

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In the post-match press conference, Rafa expressed his opinion on Dan Evans.

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“Big win for his career. So well done for him,” began Nadal. “That’s all I can say. I watched just a few points because I was preparing for my match. But he looks playing quite well to watch.”

Rafa admitted that he didn’t see the full match between Evans and Djokovic. However, he mentioned that it was a big win for Evans and he played some really great tennis to beat the Serbian legend.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 15, 2021, Britain’s Dan Evans in action during his third-round match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The fact that Djokovic is no longer in the tournament should make the Spaniard’s way forward a little easier.

“He was solid”- Rafael Nadal on Dan Evans

Nadal highlighted that he saw how the British player won a point. He believes he looked solid while playing his shots and hardly missed any. “The point that I saw, he was solid, not missing, playing his match,” added the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

KEY BISCAYNE, FL – MARCH 25: Rafael Nadal attends the Miami Open – Celebrity Sightings at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 25, 2016, in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Dan Evans will like to carry forward his momentum at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021. He’ll next face David Goffin in the quarters of the tournament.

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Meanwhile, after getting a fabulous start at the Monte Carlo Masters, Rafael Nadal too will move to the quarters after this. He’ll face the rising superstar Andrey Rublev there. Fans have high expectations from the Spaniard, especially after the early exit of Djokovic from the tournament. Will Rafa be able to conquer Monte Carlo for the 12th time this year?

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