Tennis

Novak Djokovic suffers shock defeat in Madrid

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Novak Djokovic crashed out of the ATP Madrid 1000 after a shock 7-6 6-7 6-3 to  Grigor Dimitrov in their second round clash.

Dimitrov who is known as “Baby Federer”, due to their very similar game style, truly gave everyone a big show and made a name for himself.

The first set went in favour of the Bulgarian who played with great patient and sharpness in the rallies. It was an extremely close call but the youngster sealed it through a tiebreak with the score of 8-6, saving three set points in the process.

The second set contained all the drama a lover of tennis could ask for. Dimitrov was the first one to find a break of serve once again and for the first time, he grabbed a firm hold of the match. 

Djokovic however, was not going down easily, forcing three breakpoints of his own in the following game. The first two were saved, and then something very controversial happened.

The Serbian took a medical timeout with one breakpoint left and judging from his face expression and movement towards the bench, he was not likely to continue. 

However, he came out a minute later, playing absolutely untroubled by any potential injury and converted the last breakpoint right away. From that point, the crowed turned against him, chanting “Dimitrov, Dimitrov, Dimitrov”, throughout the whole match at any chance given.

The second set also came down to a tiebreak, in which Dimitrov created a match point. The match point was somehow easily saved with a good serve though, and Djokovic managed with a lot of problems to seal the second set. While walking to his bench he shouted some truly awful words at the crowd who just kept backing Dimitrov more and more.

After missing a match point, you could believe that Dimitrov was a beaten man mentally, but he was not done yet. Not by far. He broke the Djokovic serve immediately in third set and from that break of serve, he controlled the rest of the match quite untroubled only facing one break point in the deciding set.

At the standing of 5-3 did the Bulgarian, along with a huge roar from the crowd, broke the Serbian’s serve again. An unforced error handed Dimitrov the biggest win of his life. Tears of joy quickly lightened up in the face of Dimitrov as he thanked the audience for their support, and they thanked him back with standing ovations.

Grigor will not get any major rest though, as he shortly will be facing Santiago Giraldo, or more likely, Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round. Wawrinka who is in great form after winning a title last week in Oeiras, Portugal, will for sure be another great task for the young Bulgarian.  


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