Dan Evans was a massive winner Thursday in Monte Carlo.
First, he upset world No. 1 Djokovic in straight sets.
Then, he returned to the court with compatriot Ken Skupski and defeated No. 3 seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek – the reigning Australian Open champions – in a dramatic match tiebreak.
The two forehand lob winners he hit – one cross-court after a long run back from the net, the other down the line over the 6-foot-4 Polasek – were both timely and brilliant.
Afterwards, Evans had plenty to say.
Evans will face No. 11 seed David Goffin in a match that, on paper, was to have featured Djokovic vs. No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev.
Both the Brit and the Belgian had other plans.