Dimitrov beats Djokovic in Madrid Open

May 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM
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MADRID, May 7 (UPI) -- Grigor Dimitrov ousted world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a three-set marathon Tuesday in a second-round match at the Madrid Open.

Dimitrov claimed a 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (8-10), 6-3 victory to beat Djokovic for the first time in his career. It was just the third defeat this year for Djokovic.

Dimitrov took the last four points of the first tiebreaker, fighting off two set points, and was down 5-2 in the second before rallying, denying Djokovic to win any of the three set points he had. Dimitrov posted a third-game break in the third set to move ahead and added his fourth break of the day to assure the win in 3 hours, 5 minutes.

Defending champion and No. 2-seeded Roger Federer advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Radek Stepanek with four breaks, including three in the second set. Federer improved to 12-2 lifetime versus Stepanek.

Third-seeded Andy Murray took a tight 7-6 (13-11), 7-6 (7-3) decision from Florian Mayer. Murray won 72 percent of the points on serve but only had one break.

Daniel Gimeno-Traver eliminated No. 8-seeded Richard Gasquet 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 and Fernando Verdasco took out 12th-seeded Milos Raonic 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7) in other second-round upsets but No. 16-seeded Gilles Simon, who will next go against Murray, beat Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

Also in the second round, Pablo Andujar topped John Isner 6-4, 6-4.

The first round was completed and Juan Monaco ousted ninth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 while 13th-seeded Tommy Haas routed Andrea Seppi 6-1, 6-2 and 15th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka got past Marius Copil 6-4, 6-4.

Other first-round winners Tuesday were Tommy Robredo, Santiago Giraldo, Benoit Paire, Mikhail Youzhny and Viktor Troicki.

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