Novak Djokovic’s woes continue as he is stunned in Barcelona
Novak Djokovic suffered another early exit as he crashed out of the Barcelona Open on Wednesday.
The 12-time Grand Slam winner was sent packing by qualifier Martin Klizan, who won 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in one hour and 41 minutes to secure the biggest win of his career.
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The Slovak, who is ranked 140th in the world, had lost all his previous encounters against Djokovic, but he broke the former world No 1 in the opening game and then consolidated his lead with another break in game five.
However, the sixth seed came storming back in the second set as he broke twice, but a single break in the eighth game of the decider helped Klizan to secure a famous win.
Monte Carlo Masters runner-up Kei Nishikori was another casualty as he had to retire with a wrist problem while being 6-3 down against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
Second seed Grigor Dimitrov had no such problems as he breezed past Gilles Simon, beating the Frenchman 6-2, 6-1 in an hour and 22 minutes.
Third seed Dominic Thiem also advanced as he overcame Spaniard Jaume Munar 7-6 (10-8), 6-1.
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