Martin Klizan stuns Novak Djokovic! Dimitrov march on — ATP Barcelona

Annette Crawford
April 25, 2018

Djokovic looked a far more settled figure in the second, as Klizan struggled to maintain his inspired early form, and the 12-time Grand Slam champion levelled the match easily.

Djokovic made a decision to play in Barcelona after losing to Dominic Thiem in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The victor of that match could face off against top seed Rafael Nadal, who plays Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena in his first match of the tournament later on Wednesday.

The sixth game proved to be the longest of the match and Dimitrov continued to attack Simons' serve, creating five break points and converting the last one with a good forehand to get a chance to serve for the match in the following game.

But, while at his best Djokovic was always ice cool under pressure, he buckled in the decider, planting a Klizan lob into the net before a nervy forehand volley conceded the crucial break at 4-3.

"I feel I haven't lived up to your expectations, not even my own", Djokovic told a news conference. "I will try to continue and see where it takes me".

The Frenchman suffered another break in game eight after a double fault and Grigor grabbed the opener in 4-2 minutes, hoping for more of the same in the second set.

After a miserable opening set, Djokovic looked to have found his groove in the second as he dominated from the baseline and began to find the corners with his forehand. He went in front again and had match point at 5-3 but could not take advantage, although he comfortably closed the match out with his next service game.

"I will never follow any other player with the same intensity with which I accompanied my nephew, but I could help Djokovic out, no doubt". The victory saw the Spaniard surpass Romanian Ilie Nastase's record of winning 36 consecutive sets on clay in 1973.

The 31-year-old will now face another Spaniard in Guillermo Garcia Lopez, who progressed after Kei Nishikori retired.

Nishikori, who lost to Nadal in the Monte Carlo Masters final on Sunday, was trailing 6-3 before retiring with pain in his right thigh.

The Japanese missed last year's U.S. Open and the Australian Open at the start of 2018 after injuring the same wrist in August.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article