Monte Carlo: An erratic Novak Djokovic suffered a surprise 3-6, 6-4, 2-6 defeat against Daniil Medvedev in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals on Friday.
The 10th-seeded Russian was appearing in the last eight of a Masters tournament for the first time but was not overawed. In fact, it was the top-ranked Djokovic who made the most mistakes. The two-time champion looked out of sorts in tricky conditions and produced 47 unforced errors.
“On a windy day like today, conditions are changing every game. It’s tough to find rhythm and he doesn’t give you much rhythm. He was very patient and played well tactically,” Djokovic said.
Djokovic double-faulted at 30-30 to give Medvedev his first match point and a backhand winner secured a first win against his top-ranked rival at the fourth attempt.
“It was amazing,” said Medvedev....