27 Mar 2010

Djokovic beaten in Miami

3:48 pm on 27 March 2010

Former champion and world number two Novak Djokovic has been knocked out of the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Miami, falling 6-2 6-7 6-4 to Belgian Olivier Rochus in his opening match.

After two rain delays that forced organisers to reschedule some matches to tomorrow, Rochus secured his biggest win since he beat then world number two Marat Safin at Wimbledon in 2002.

The Serb committed 62 unforced errors and nearly lost his cool during the two hour, 55 minute second round match.

He slammed his racket during the opening game of the second set after Rochus came back from love-40 down and after the match he left the court to jeers but still gave the crowd a thumbs up.

Women's world number two Caroline Wozniacki also struggled through her opening match, but advanced by beating Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Belgian Kim Clijsters, Serbian Jelena Jankovic, and champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus also won in the women's draw.