Fiery Chilean heats things up for Novak

Henry

Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo caused a stir in Rome when he knocked Novak Djokovic out of the Italian Open.

The final score was 6-2 and 6-3 in the 26-year-old player’s favour.

The energetic Tabilo capitalized on the Serbian’s lackluster performance and he smashed the ball cleanly at the Foro Italico.

“It’s unbelievable. At first I just wanted to be on the track and take it all in. Now it feels like I have to wake up after a dream,” said the Chilean player.

He built up a lead of 4-0 in the first set within 20 minutes and he was finally able to close the match in 68 minutes.

“I did my best to hide the nerves a little and just keep playing. In the archery of the match, I tried not to think too much about things and just concentrate on the next point. You can actually circle me with a feather; I can’t believe what happened on the track.”

In contrast, Djokovic himself made life difficult for him with a few wild serves. The world’s leading player simply made a few double faults early in the match.

The 36-year-old Serbian has yet to win a tournament this year.

Results:

Alejandro Tabilo beats Novak Djokovic 6-2 and 6-3

Grigor Dimitrov beat Terence Atmane 7-6 and 6-3

Aryna Sabalenka beat Dayana Yastremska 6-4 and 6-2

Rebecca Sramkova beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 4-6 and 6-4

Maria Sakkari beat Anhelina Kalinina 7-6 and 6-0