It was a disappointing day for Novak Djokovic as he found himself being upset by British number one, Kyle Edmund, at the Madrid Open on Wednesday, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
The former number one had won the tournament on 2 other occasions but Edmund ended up being too resilient for the Serbian.
It was high-quality tennis for the majority of the match. Novak started off slow, getting broken 3 times to give the first set to Edmund. Novak recovered nicely and got his serve going to take the 2nd set to even the match.
In the third set the two players traded service holds and then, at 2-2, Edmund looked to be in trouble. He found himself down 0-40 on his serve but came storming back to win the next 5 points to hold at 3-2.
The difference came in the 8th game of the set when Djokovic faced break point, to which Edmund solidified when Novak’s forehand sailed out to put the Brit up 5-3. He then held his service game at love to take the match.
Djokovic has been trying to get his groove back after returning at the start of the year from an elbow injury that sidelined him for several months. On the year he has a record of 6-6.
Before the match, Edmund had lost all 3 encounters with Djokovic and hadn’t even won a set against him.
With the win, Edmund is looking to move into the top 20 world rankings for the first time in his career. Entering the tournament he was ranked at number 22.
Kyle Edmund will now move on to the third round to face David Goffin on Thursday. Goffin has won the only other time that they have played.
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