World No.1 Novak Djokovic was stunned by 21-year-old Grigor Dimitrov in the second round of the Madrid Masters on Tuesday as he was beaten 7-6(6), 6-7(8), 6-3 in just over three hours of gruelling tennis.
Djokovic was, though, left far from happy after he thought he had won the first set when Dimitrov fired long when set-point down at 4-5.
That call was overruled though and the Bulgarian went on to take the opening set 8-6 in the tie-break.
More controversy was to follow in the second as Djokovic a break down at 2-4, aggravated an ankle injury he suffered when playing for his country in the Davis Cup last month and had to take a medical timeout.
The Madrid crowd weren’t pleased with what they saw as gamesmanship from the Australian Open champion and Djokovic was roundly booed when he returned to the court and immediately broke back.
Djokovic then went on to save a match point as he won an engrossing second set tie-break 10-8.
However, Dimitrov reacted incredibly well to that disappointment in the third as he broke the eight-time Grand Slam champion in the first game of the third set and then held his own serve before breaking again in the final game to seal the win.
Women’s second seed Maria Sharapova cruised into round three as she swept aside American qualifier Christina McHale 6-1, 6-2 in just an hour and six minutes.
Women: Second round: Yaroslava Shvedova bt Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; Anabel Medina Garrigues bt Madison Keys 7-6(3), 6-3; Svetlana Kuznetsova bt Nadia Petrova 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-4; Ana Ivanovic bt Chanelle Scheepers 6-2, 6-2.
Men: Second round: Grigor Dimitrov bt Novak Djokovic 7-6(6), 6-7(8), 6-3; Gilles Simon bt Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 7-6(5); Pablo Andujar bt John Isner 6-4, 6-4. — AFP