Djokovic Stumbles at Mexico Open

Australian bad boy Nick Kyrgios shocked Novak Djokovic in straight sets at the Mexico Open, dealing a major blow to the world number two’s hopes of regaining his mantle of invincibility. The 21-year-old Kyrgios overpowered Djokovic with 25 aces in the 7-6 (11/9), 7-5 triumph as the Serb sought to rebuild confidence after his shattering second round defeat at the Australian Open in January.

The Australian, letting his tennis skills take center stage instead of his tantrums, won 81 percent of his first-serve points as he dominated his first ever match with Djokovic. Djokovic fell in the Australian Open to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin, then did not play again until this week. After beating Slovakia’s Martin Klizan he rallied to defeat Juan Martin del Potro, before losing his quarter-final to Kyrgios. The world No. 17 Kyrgios delivered another giant killer performance as he also beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in their first ATP tour level meetings.

He is the youngest player to record victories over the tennis Big Five — Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka — and is now 11-17 against top ten players. Kyrgios will be seeking to reach his first final of the season when he faces big-serving American Sam Querrey in the semis. Nadal bounced back from a break down in both sets to defeat Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 and book his semi-final spot. The second-seeded Spaniard, a two-time winner in Acapulco, hammered five aces in the battle between the two lefthanders. World No. 6 Nadal also kept his Acapulco unbeaten streak alive, having won 13 straight matches, and moved to 26-0 in sets in the ATP Tour event.(Agence France-Presse)
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