Djorkovic through but women’s seeds crash in Madrid Open

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Madrid, May 5 (IANS) World No.1 Novak Djokovic assured his place in the third round of the Madrid Open tennis tournament with a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 win over Croatian Borna Coric.

Djorkovic will play Spanish number 15 seed, Roberto Bautista Agut, who needed three sets to dispose of big serving Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 in a game lasting two hours and 27 minutes here on Wednesday, reports Xinhua.

Number six seed Kei Nishikori is also into the last 16 after a long match in which he finally defeated Fabio Fognini 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, but number four seed Stan Wawrinka suffered a surprise defeat 6-7(7), 6-7(2) to Nick Kygrios.

The surprises continue in the women’s tournament with defending champions, Petra Kvitkova losing 3-6, 4-6 to Australian Daria Gavrilova, while number four seed Viktoria Azarenka was forced to retire through injury from her match against Louisa Chirico.

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That leaves No.6 seed, Simone Haleb as the highest seeded player left in the tournament following her 6-3, 6-4 win over Timea Bacinszky, and she will have seen how No.8 seed Carla Suarez also crashed out after losing 6-4, 2-6, 3-6 to Australia’s Samantha Stosur.

–IANS

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