Big upset as Vesely downs Djokovic

There was a massive upset at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters on Wednesday as defending champion Novak Djokovic was beaten in three sets by World No 55 Jiri Vesely.

The top-ranked Serb suffered only his second defeat of the season, going down 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in just over two hours.

It marks Djokovic’s earliest exit on the ATP World Tour in three years, and his first loss against a player ranked outside the top 50 since a 2010 defeat to Xavier Malisse.

It also brings to an end a run of nine victories in the past 10 tournaments for the 28-year-old. He was forced to retire against Feliciano Lopez due to an eye problem in the only event he did not win in Dubai.

Djokovic appeared to have suffered only a minor blip when he lost the first set to Vesely, going on a four-game winning run in the second to level the scores at one set apiece.

But Vesely did not capitulate in the third set. The Czech player didn’t face a single break point in the decider, and left his opponent realing after taking a 0-40 lead at 4-5.

Djokovic saved two of those break points, but he could not save the third, and Vesely held his nerve to close out the stunning win.

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He moves on to face Gael Monfils next.

Sixth seed Tomas Berdych also went down on Wednesday, suffering a 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-3 loss to Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur.

Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal comfortably beat Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-3, while Milos Raonic held off Pablo Cuevas 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5).

Stan Wawrinka also advanced, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 over Phillip Kohlschreiber.

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