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Bulgaria’s Dimitrov stuns Djokovic at Madrid Open

Bulgaria’s Dimitrov stuns Djokovic at Madrid Open
 

Grigor Dimitrov took the biggest scalp of his career, defeating world number one Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open 7-6, 6-7, 6-3. The match, played in the evening on May 7, went on for more than three hours.

Dimitrov has improved against top-ranked players this year and came close to upsetting Rafael Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Masters last month. He has also played strong opening sets against Djokovic (at Indian Wells) and Andy Murray (in Miami), before wilting under pressure.

But he now appears to have overcome those mental obstacles, delivering the best match of his career to match Djokovic from start to finish, even if the world number one did not look to be at his full strength.

 

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