Novak Djokovic’s woes worsen with defeat by qualifier at Barcelona Open

first_img Read more Share on Twitter Novak Djokovic Tennis Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Reuse this content Topics Maria Sharapova to drop out of top 50 after Caroline Garcia defeat The Serb decided to play in Barcelona after losing to Dominic Thiem in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Djokovic also lost in the second round in Miami and Indian Wells, and failed to advance past the last 16 at the Australian Open.“It was a good match,” Klizan said. “I know Novak is coming back from a tough time and injury, I know how hard it is. I want to wish him all the best. I’m sure he will come back stronger. This was the first time I played him on clay and I beat him and it feels great. I know he didn’t play top tennis but a win is a win.” Share on Facebook Share via Email Novak Djokovic suffered another early defeat when he lost to the 140th-ranked Martin Klizan 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the second round of the Barcelona Open. The former world No 1, trying to return to form after a right elbow injury, has not made it past the last 16 in five tournaments this year.Djokovic got off to a slow start but recovered to force a third set. He was then broken when trailing 4-3, allowing the Slovakian qualifier to serve out for the victory. Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger newslast_img read more