Surprise Second Round Exit For Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo

Surprise 2nd round exit for World No 1 Novak Djokovic while Rohan Bopanna advances to the next round of Monte Carlo

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Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic left,  congratulated by Novak Djokovic of Serbia after their match at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco (Photo: AP)

Czech Jiri Vesely surprised Serbian World No 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Monte Carlo tennis Masters.

The 5th-ranked Vesely took 125 minutes to defeat the defending champion on clay court on Wednesday, which still remains a weakness for Djokovic.

It is only Djokovic’s second loss of the season and his earliest defeat on the tennis tour in three years, since losing in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open against Grigor Dimitrov.

Vesely goes on to face Paolo Lorenzi or Gael Monfils.

Djokovic’s loss left him disappointed, but the Serbian also had to nod to Czech Jiri Vesely, who earned the biggest win of his career by knocking off the two-time Monte-Carlo champion.

He played very solid. He was serving very big. He was playing tactically good and aggressive. When he was a break up in the third set, he was playing bravely. He was coming in, (hitting) drop shots, big serves. He was going for it. He deserved to have it. I have to congratulate the better player today on the court and just move on from there. It is what it is. Sometimes you don’t play your best and you lose.
Novak Djokovic

India’s Rohan Bopanna Advances To The Next Round

Meanwhile, good news poured in for India as Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea downed Robert Lindstedt and Alexander Peya 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles event.

The sixth seeds broke serve four times (4/16) and fired four aces in the 87-minute win on Wednesday. They will next face fourth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.

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