Dan Evans in the Nature Valley Open, ATP Challenger Nottingham 2018
Dan Evans in the Nature Valley Open, ATP Challenger Nottingham 2018 | (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | ATP Monte Carlo 2021 | Evans defeats Hurkacz to set up Djokovic clash

  • Dan Evans def. Hubert Hurkacz [13] 6-4, 6-1
  • Dan Evans v Novak Djokovic [1] | H2H: First meeting
MONTE CARLO, MONACO – British no. 1 Dan Evans claimed just his sixth tour-level match win on clay, as the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic awaits in the third round.


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Dan Evans def. Hubert Hurkacz [13] 6-4, 6-1

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Dan Evans secured back-to-back victories for the first time since before the Australian Open as he bulldozed his way past the Miami Open champion. Hubert Hurkacz was clearly not his usual self, but take nothing away from the Brit, who played a tactically perfect match.

The opening set was tight as both players managed to stay aggressive early in the points. Evans seemed to become more comfortable on the clay by the shot as he covered the court magnificently. The 30-year-old was extremely difficult to break down and he wrapped up the opener 6-4.

The Pole looked to get increasingly fatigued and his body language slumped as Evans closed in on a confidence-boosting win. The Brit didn’t lose a single point when the rallies went over nine shots (9-0) which was the contrary of what many had expected. Evans secured the win on his fourth match point to book his spot in the last sixteen.


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Dan Evans v Novak Djokovic [1] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans v Novak Djokovic [1] H2H: First meeting 
ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Monte Carlo, Monaco
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The British no. 1 will next lock horns with the World No. 1 and two-time champion, Novak Djokovic.

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021)

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H2H: Dan Evans (WR: 33) Novak Djokovic [1] (WR: 1)
Tournament Previous Best Round of 64 (2017) Champion (2013, 2015)
1st Serve % 61 67
Service Games Won % 82 91
Break Points Saved % 68 65
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 52 53
Break Points Converted % 46 50

Playing Styles

Djokovic may be the most complete tennis player of all time. Every shot in his arsenal is a weapon and it seems nearly impossible to think of a winning game plan against him, let alone execute one. The Serb possesses a reliable, accurate delivery and equally devastating groundstrokes which makes breaking his serve extremely difficult.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion also has arguably the greatest return of serve ever and can stay on the front foot from the first ball. Djokovic covers ground ridiculously well too, often shrinking the court for his opponent and forcing them to always hit one more shot.

This may be the most difficult match up for Evans, who certainly has his work cut out. The Brit will need to give Djokovic different looks and try to frustrate him. Evans could play the match of his life and it still may not be enough, but this will be an interesting examination of his progress on the clay.


This will be Evans’ second match against a World no. 1, after his 6-4, 6-0 loss to Rafael Nadal in the 2019 Davis Cup semi-finals. His next opponent is 10-0 to start the season – for the sixth time in his career. Djokovic is the trickiest opponent in the game right now and for that reason, I cannot see this one being competitive.

Prediction: Djokovic in straight sets.


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