STUNNING: Dan Evans Snaps Novak Djokovic’s 10 Match Winning Streak at Monte Carlo Masters 2021

Published 04/15/2021, 9:24 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his second round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


World No.1 Novak Djokovic slumped to a straight-set defeat at the hands of British No.1 Dan Evans in the third round of Monte Carlo Masters 2021. With the defeat, Djokovic ended his unbeaten run in 2021. Djokovic is a two-time winner in Monte Carlo and his bad run at the tournament continued as Evans picked up the biggest victory of his career.

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Novak Djokovic in action during his third-round match against Britain’s Dan Evans REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Dan Evans stuns Novak Djokovic in the first set

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The first set was abysmal from Djokovic. The first game showed a different Djokovic on the court. Double faults, miss-hits, and desperate hitting saw Djokovic quickly fail behind Evans, 2-0. Early on, Djokovic’s shortcomings on the net came to the forefront. As Evans defended to his fullest, Djokovic was forced to come to the net and thus gave away points. Quickly, Djokovic was 3-0 and two breaks down.

But the Serbian held on and delivered some form to come back into the match 3-2. Djokovic regained the upper hand as he looked to level the set, but Evans held on, 4-2. But as the set was closer than ever, Djokovic took the opportunity to break Evans’ serve and level the match, 4-4. But Djokovic’s backhand turned sour as he lost multiple points serving at 4-4 and thus Evans earned an unlikely break and served for the first set. Evans didn’t flinch and later took the first set, 6-4.

Dan Evans completes the thrashing

Djokovic’s backhand issues weren’t resolved in the second set as well. Evans was easily targeting them. The British No.1 timed his passing shots to perfection as Djokovic was stretched in the first game. But Evans was showing signs of cracking, thus earning Djokovic the break in the second set, he led 3-0.

Dan Evans in action during his third-round match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

But at 3-1, Evans used every corner of the court to win the break back. To win the game, Evans hit a fierce forehand shot that landed on the line. Evans served brilliantly and kept Djokovic guessing. The World No.1 was not having the best day with returns and coupled with Evans’ in-form forehand, the second set was evenly poised at 4-4.

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Evans found himself in pole position for the victory as Djokovic struggled with his serve. After a tough hold to lead 5-4, Djokovic had a set point saved by Evans. But Djokovic was broken courtesy of a double fault, and Evans served for the match. Later, Evans completed the stunning match to oust Djokovic out of Monte Carlo Masters 2021, 6-4, 7-5.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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