Top seed Grigor Dimitrov suffered a shock exit to veteran wildcard Malek Jaziri in the opening round of the Dubai Duty Free Championships.
By SportBrief Reporter
The Bulgarian took a first-set lead but Tunisia’s Jaziri, ranked 117th in the world, rallied to beat the world number four 4-6 7-5 6-4.
The number one ranked tennis player was rocked by an outstanding Jaziri, who mounted an amazing comeback to send Dimitrov packing in the Dubai Duty Free Championships first round.
Jaziri, 34, will now play Dutchman Robin Haase in the second round.
“You have days like this that you can’t really do much else,” said Dimitrov, runner-up in Rotterdam a week ago.
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t play my game to the extent that I was looking for. My movement was not good over the court. I thought I served OK for a little bit, but then I lost my rhythm again.”
Jaziri said it was a “great feeling” to win his first match against a top-five player, adding: “I am really happy for that. I tried to fight every point since the beginning. It was so tight.”