By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday April 15, 2021
After his epic upset of Novak Djokovic on Thursday in Monte-Carlo, Dan Evans took a shot on the final man to beat him. That will be Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti, who famously saved 4 match factors handy Evans his tenth consecutive ATP-level main draw defeat on clay last week, after which advised Italian press that he felt disrespected by the fiery Evans.
“There are respectful skilled gamers on the court docket,” Musetti stated. “Others like Evans, they attempt to use my youth to (win) matches,” stated Musetti in his post-match press convention. “Nevertheless it’s all expertise for me. Evans disrespected me. I don’t need to be handled like a younger man.”
In Thursday when a journalist requested Evans a query about how he can lose to Lorenzo Musetti one week after which defeat the World No.1 Djokovic within the subsequent, Evans made it clear that he didn’t take kindly to these feedback from Musetti.
“How he spoke final week was embarrassing,” Evans stated. “Let’s not discuss Musetti in my press convention. Final week he stated some issues within the Italian press about me that was disrespectful. Musetti, if he apologizes, I’ll reply. He is tennis participant, however he is obtained no manners.”
Evans, by no means afraid to voice an opinion, added: “He performed very nicely final week. I wasn’t adequate. I did not take the match factors. Yeah, it is simply tennis. Yeah, he might do with studying some manners.”
We’ll stay up for the following Musetti v Evans tilt for certain. In the meantime, Evans will tackle David Goffin after his shocking victory over Djokovic. The British primary can double his output of ATP-level wins on clay with a victory over the Belgian. He entered the week with simply 4 to his identify, however has already reeled off three in Monte-Carlo, along with his final two coming in opposition to Hubert Hurkacz and Djokovic.
And only for the document, Evans’ quip about Musetti wasn’t his solely enjoyable run-in with the media on Thursday, he additionally had this snarky reply when he was requested by former British star Tim Henman, if clay was his favourite floor.
“Is golf your greatest sport?” he replied.
Tim Henman to Dan Evans on Amazon: “Is clay your favorite floor? Evans to Henman: “Is golf your greatest sport?”
— Simon Cambers (@scambers73) April 15, 2021