Novak Djokovic stunned, Kei Nishikori retires in Barcelona Open tennis


Barcelona, April 25: Novak Djokovic suffered a surprise defeat in his latest comeback from injury after the Serb was beaten by Martin Klizan in his first match at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday.
Djokovic had been due to meet Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals in Spain but a disjointed display gave Klizan, ranked 140th in the world, a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory.
While Klizan goes through to meet Spanish clay-court specialist Feliciano Lopez in the last 16, Djokovic will now have to reset, with the French Open next month fast approaching.
David Goffin produced a stunning fightback to reach the Barcelona Open third round on Tuesday, rallying from a set and two breaks down to beat Marcel Granollers 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2.
The Belgian’s campaign appeared over at 4-6 1-5 down but his remarkable recovery, which included a saved match point, earned him progression. Goffin will face Leonardo Mayer or Karen Khachanov in the next round, while Roberto Carballes Baena’s reward for seeing off Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2 6-4 in the first round is a meeting with 10-time champion Rafael Nadal. (Agencies)