Novak Djokovic was dumped out of the tournament as Philipp Kohlschreiber pulled off an unlikely win. The five-time champion and pre-tournament favourite was beaten 6-4 6-4 by the 35-year-old.
It was Kohlschreiber’s first win over a world No. 1 and he became the oldest first-time victor over a top-ranked player since the first 1990 ATP Tour season. It’s a very special win today,’ Kohlschreiber said.
I had a great strategy to play against him. I had two good wins entering the match. So everything came together. It’s very special to beat the No. 1.Unfortunately the tournament is not over.
I have to get back tomorrow with a great mindset. Today I want to take the moment, celebrate with my coach. I’ve got a lot of messages. I know it’s a very special victory today.
It wasn’t all bad news for Djokovic, though, the world No. 1 advanced to the semi-finals of the doubles with partner Fabio Fognini in a tight 7-6 (8-6) 2-6 10-6 win over Jean-Julien Roger and Horia Tecau.