World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will have to make a quick mental recovery after playing what he called one of his worst performances in Thursday’s Monte Carlo Masters loss to Dan Evans.
The top seed will head to his native Belgrade for a 250 event run by his family where he is the start of the show.
Djokovic hinted at a physical problem which hampered him in his 6-4, 7-5 third-round loss to the Brit ranked 33rd who had won a mere four clay matches in a patchwork career which began in 2008.
Djokovic refused to go into details on his shockingly poor form.
“I don’t want to talk about it, I should and could have done much, much better. I mean, just awful performance.
“I can’t take anything positive away from this match. It’s just one of these things you have to accept.
“I guess you have to move on. It’s not the first nor the last loss, but definitely leaves a bitter feeling exiting the court this way.
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Evans was stunned by his own performance.
“”It hasn’t sunk in yet, I couldn’t quite believe the last ball went over the net. It nearly didn’t.
“I was pleased, regardless, with how I was playing coming into the match. I felt good. You can never be confident coming into such a big match like that against Novak.
“It is clearly a big win and I am delighted that I got through, especially being a break down (with) little difficulties in the first set. It was really pleasing and I am delighted.
“Yyou have got to believe you can win. I can walk on saying it, but you have really got to believe it.
“Of course, I doubted myself in the match. Serving it out is not easy. You have got all sorts running through your head.
“I am just happy with how it went and it will be one to savour for maybe after the tournament, to tell the kids and grandkids that you beat the World No. 1. It is a nice one.”