Novak Djokovic dumped out of Italian Open

Novak Djokovic suspected he was feeling the effects of being struck on the head by a water bottle during his shock defeat to Alejandro Tabilo in the Italian Open.

The Serbian was beaten 6-2 6-3 in little over an hour in Rome, bringing his 20-year run of reaching at least the quarter-finals to an end. Afterwards, Djokovic said he felt “like a different player” and complained of having “no balance”.

Novak Djokovic admitted he felt “like a different player” during his shock defeat at the Italian Open to 29th seed Alejandro Tabilo, and said he will require further “medical check-ups” after he was accidentally struck on the head by a bottle while in Rome.

The Serbian, a six-time winner of the ATP 1000 event, was beaten 6-2 6-3 by Tabilo, meaning he won’t feature in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.

A water bottle fell out of a fan’s bag and struck Djokovic on the head immediately after his 6-3 6-1 win over Corentin Moutet in the second round and the 36-year-old believes the incident may have played a part in his off-colour showing.

Six-time Italian Open champion Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat to 29th seed Alejandro Tabilo on Sunday, who sealed the first top-10 win of his career in Rome.

The powerful Tabilo posted a sensational 6-2 6-3 victory, as Djokovic’s Roland-Garros preparations took another blow.

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