Novak Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Martin Klizan in Barcelona

May JohnsonApr 26, 2018

Toni Nadal, the former coach and uncle of world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, has expressed interest in coaching Novak Djokovic. He beat Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-4 for his 10th win in 11 ATP Tour matches this season.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion had problems with his backhand and made 22 unforced errors as he continued to struggle after a lingering injury to his right elbow.

Spanish trio Pablo Andujar, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, and Pablo Carreno Busta, made it to the last 16, along with Jozef Kovalik, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Karen Khachanov.

The 12th-ranked Serb got off to a slow start against Klizan but rebounded to force a third set.

Toni, who split with Rafa last year after working together for 27 years, said that he would readily help Djokovic out, if the Serb asks for it.

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Klizan - the current world number 140 - had to come through qualifying at the tournament and had previously only taken one set in nine attempts against Djokovic, but the Slovakian broke serve on three occasions to take the opener.

"I will never follow any other player with the same intensity with which I accompanied my nephew, but I could help Djokovic out, no doubt". "The first game here after Monte Carlo is always hard but I soon found my rhythm", Nadal told reporters. He also lost in the second round at Miami and Indian Wells, and he failed to advance past the last 16 at the Australian Open.

Earlier Wednesday, Nishikori retired during his first match of the tournament, against Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who will now face Nadal in the third round.

The top-ranked Spaniard has won 38 consecutive sets on clay, extending his own record.

Djokovic, enjoying in Barcelona for the primary time since 2006, quickly rallied and appeared to have turned the match on its head by comfortably taking the second set 6-1.

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