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World number one tennis champion Novak Djokovic fell to an emotional and shocking defeat against Grigor Dimitrov in the second round of the Madrid Open on Tuesday. Ranked 28th in the world, Dimitrov beat the Serbian number one 7-6 (8-6)6-7(8-10)6-3.
In earlier meetings Dimitrov had not been able to win a set against Djokovic, but was in fine form in Madrid. The Bulgarian might have had some extra training sessions or added incentive from his girlfriend, tennis pro Maria Sharapova who is ranked number 2 in the world. A day after Dimitrov’s surprise win he was spotted kissing his Russian girlfriend in the streets of Madrid, prompting speculation that the blonde beauty is in fact his lucky charm.
Dimitrov has been heralded as one of the brightest young stars on the tennis circuit and his win at the Madrid Open is the biggest yet of his career. He has been called the next Roger Federer and after his wins at Wimbledon and the US Junior Open in 2008 he has long been heralded as an up and coming champion and potential world number one.
Djokovic’s shock defeat came amidst rumours of a serious injury as he received treatment for his injured ankle throughout the match. He originally hurt his ankle playing for Serbia in the Davis Cup and it seems to have plagued him ever since. A spokesman for Djokovic reported that he did not blame his injury for the defeat, and he conceded that Grigor Dimitrov was the better player and congratulated him.
21 year old Grigor Dimitrov knows that there is a lot at stake in this tournament, not just in career prospects but in prize money too. The winner can claim massive cash rewards comparable to the incredible jackpots offered at AndroidCasino.com.au and improve his world ranking at the same time.
After beating Novak Djokovic in a dramatic 3 hour, five minute match that shocked hostile spectators around the world, Dimitrov performed at his peak and derailed the world number one with what looked like ease. It may seem like this result from Dimitrov is a long time coming, but this win was as much a physical triumph as a psychological one. Dimitrov now faces either seeded Stanislas Wawrinka or qualifier Satiago Giraldo in the next round.
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