Djokovic suffers shock Dimitrov loss

print Novak Djokovic beaten by Grigor Dimitrov at Madrid Open World number one Novak Djokovic fell to a shock defeat by Grigor Dimitrov in the second round of the Madrid Open. Dimitrov, the world number 28, had not won a set against Djokovic in two previous meetings but was in top form to win 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (8-10) 6-3. The Bulgarian, 21, saved set point at 5-4 down in the first and another in the tie-break before winning the set. Analysis Jonathan Overend BBC tennis correspondent “The expression ‘a star is born’ should be reserved for teenage talents but in Grigor Dimitrov’s case I think we can make an exception. We’ve known about his natural talent for years but this was the first time he’s really shown the stomach for a fight against a top player and come out with the win. A huge moment for him and men’s tennis. He can possibly gatecrash the top 10 this summer on the evidence of this three-hour, three-set thriller.” Djokovic won a second-set tie-break but Dimitrov  showed incredible courage to secure the biggest win of his career. “It’s a great win for me,” he said. “I know it’s a big thing, of course, but you got to stay on the ground. “Hopefully you’re going to face these guys for years. It’s just a match. You never know how it’s going to be next time.” Serbian Djokovic, who won his third title of the year at last month’s Monte Carlo Masters, received treatment on an injured ankle midway through the second. It was the same ankle he hurt playing for Serbia in the Davis Cup last month. Dimitrov, who beat Javier Marti in the first round, had an injury break of his own and looked physically drained after the second set.
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