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Bautista Agut eliminates Djokovic in Miami 4th round

Bautista Agut eliminates Djokovic in Miami 4th round

Novak Djokovic has had a dismal couple of weeks on the court. The first seed of the Miami Open was eliminated in the fourth round, losing a surprise 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 to Roberto Bautista Agut.

Djokovic, number one in the ranking, had also been eliminated in the first stages of Indian Wells, this month.

The Serbian failed in his bid for his 850th career win on the tour. The milestone will have to wait at least for another tournament.

“This is the kind of game I shouldn’t have lost,” Djokovic lamented. “I ran out of rhythm in the second set. I gave him some space to react and he did. There was some hope that he would come back, and he did it marvelously. But of course it was my fault. I had many opportunities that I wasted ”.

In the third round of Indian Wells, Djokovic succumbed to German Philipp Kohlschreiber.

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He had a 6-1, 4-5 lead over Bautista Agut when rain interrupted the game for half an hour. After returning to the court, Djokovic lost his serve in a second break point and in the twelfth game, which gave the part to the Spanish.

Djokovic recovered a break in the third set, but saw his serve broken again in the sixth game to fall behind to 2-4.

The Serbian is 7-3 in his career over Bautista Agut. However, the Spaniard has beaten him in the last two clashes.

Bautista Agut (22nd seeded) defeated Djokovic in three sets in January at the Qatar Open.

Djokovic, chairman of the ATP Players Council, has often made headlines for off-court activities.

He was involved this month when the ATP board of directors decided not to renew Chief Executive Chris Kermode’s contract. The agreement expires at the end of the year.

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On Tuesday, Djokovic had denied that his recent losses stemmed from extra-sports activities. Later, he admitted that this could be a cause.

“There have been too many things off the court,” he said. “I guess that has affected me a bit on the court. I don’t feel like my health was optimal in Indian Wells or here. You know, I’m still rusty, but look, you have to learn that that’s life. “

Also on Tuesday, defending champion John Isner advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Britain’s Kyle Edmund 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3).

Isner hit 17 aces and suffered a serve break in the game. The current world number nine lost the ninth game of the first set without scoring points.

He has won nine straight games at the Miami Open dating back to the date he lifted the trophy last year. That victory, the most prestigious of his 14 career titles, made him the tournament’s first American champion since Andy Roddick in 2010.

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Isner has played five tiebreakers in six sets during his three tournament wins.

For his part, Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime took another blow by eliminating Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (17th) 7-6 (4), 6-4. Auger-Aliassime, 18, will now face Croatian Borna Coric (11th), who beat Australian Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

South African Kevin Anderson (6th) defeated Australian Jordan Thompson, 7-5, 7-5.

Roger Federer’s game against Daniil Medvedev, scheduled as his second at Dolphins Stadium, was postponed to Wednesday due to rain.

In the quarterfinals of the women’s draw, Australian Ashleigh Barty defeated Czech Petra Kvitova, 7-6 (6), 3-, 6, 6-2, and Estonian Anett Kontaveit (21) gave account, 3- 6, 6-2, 7-5 from the Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei (27). AFP

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