More woe for Djokovic as French Open looms
Former World No.1 Novak Djokovic has suffered another early defeat as Slovakia's Martin Klizan won their second-round match at the Barcelona Open.
Djokovic has now won just two of five matches since the Australian Open, where he was beaten by Chung Hyeon, after a 6-2 1-6 6-3 loss at Sabadell yesterday. Klizan converted all three of his break-point opportunities to prevail.
It is another blow for the 30-year-old Serb ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros, which begins on May 22.
Klizan, a qualifier and World No.140, will meet Feliciano Lopez in the quarter-finals.
Top seed Rafael Nadal and second seed Grigor Dimitrov experienced no such problems, beating Roberto Carballes Baena and Gilles Simon respectively, but Japan's Kei Nishikori retired after losing the first set to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.