Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Djokovic ousted in Monaco


Top-ranked Novak Djokov- ic lost 6-4, 7-5 to Dan Evans on Thursday in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco for his first defeat of the year. No. 3 Rafael Nadal had no such problems, breezing past Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarterfin­als of a tournament he has won a record 11 times. It was an unusually sloppy performanc­e from Djokovic, the Australian Open champion who has 82 career titles compared to one for his unseeded British opponent. Having won in Melbourne for his 18th major title, Djokovic was 10-0 in 2021 coming into the match. But he faced pressure from the outset as he trailed 3-0 in the first set.

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