MONTE CARLO, PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO (AFP) – Novak Djokovic crashed out in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday (April 12) because the world primary performed in simply his second match of the yr following his refusal to get vaccinated towards Covid-19.
Djokovic misplaced 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1 to Forty sixth-ranked Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second spherical after dropping his serve 9 occasions.
The Serb’s solely different look in 2022 was in Dubai in February the place he performed simply three matches.
Djokovic admitted his absence from most occasions had been “difficult, mentally and emotionally” however stated he was “moving on” forward of his return at a match he received in 2013 and 2015.
Davidovich Fokina had misplaced each earlier conferences to Djokovic in straight units, in Rome and at the Tokyo Olympics final season, however he raced right into a 4-1 lead and took the primary set.
The Spaniard surged 3-0 forward in the second just for Djokovic to win 5 of the subsequent six video games and serve for the set at 5-4.
He failed to take action at the primary try however recovered in the tie break to power a decider.
Davidovich Fokina broke to begin the third set as Djokovic double faulted, and there was no approach again this time for the highest seed and 20-time Grand Slam champion.
It marks the primary time Djokovic has misplaced his opening match at a match since falling to Martin Klizan at Barcelona 4 years in the past.