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Novak Djokovic explains surprise Dan Evans loss – “Not feeling it”

Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the 2021 Australian Open Men's Final, at Brighton Beach on February 22, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

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World No 1 Novak Djokovic has delivered a brutal assessment of his performance during his defeat to Dan Evans at the Monte-Carlo Masters on Thursday. The Serb was dismissed in straight sets by Evans.

“[It] just was obviously very, very windy, tough to play in these kind of conditions against a guy like Evans who makes you move,” said Djokovic in his post-match press conference.

“I was just not feeling it, and playing pretty bad. Obviously right now, as I walk off the court, I’m disappointed with the way I played, the way I felt on the court. But it’s a long clay season. Still plenty of tournaments, plenty of room to improve. Obviously I have to work, [I’ll] hopefully get a better performance next week in Belgrade.”

Djokovic will return to his tennis centre next week to give the locals something to cheer about by winning an 83rd tour-level title.


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