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Dan Evans produced the best victory of his career to stun Novak Djokovic in the third round of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.

The British No.1, whose first round win was his first on clay at tour level for four years, had never beaten a top-six player, but he put on a brilliant performance against a below-par Djokovic to win 6-4 7-5.

The World No.1 had won his first 10 matches of the season while Evans went into the tournament on a four-match losing streak.

Djokovic was scathing about his performance, saying: "Congratulations to him. I mean, he deserved to win. He was a better player. Just more focused, I guess, and played with a better quality in the decisive moments.

"This has been probably one of the worst matches and performances from my side I can recall in the last years. I don't want to take anything away from his win but, from my side, I just felt awful on the court overall. Just nothing worked. It's one of those days.

"I can't take anything positive away from this match.

"It's not the first, neither the last, loss but definitely leaves a bitter feeling exiting the court this way."

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Evans revealed Djokovic had given him some extra motivation before getting under way, saying: "He kept me waiting in the changing rooms before the match so that was a little annoying, got me a little extra fired up.

"It's one against one, got to roll the balls out and see who wins. He gave me some cheap ones today, which he never normally does, so I was a little lucky there, but I'm just really happy with coming through."


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