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Osaka sees its encouraging Italian Open run halted by Zheng in the last 16

Novak Djokovic lamented his dismal performance as Alejandro Tabilo took advantage of the world number one’s “completely aberrant” performance to triumph at the Italian Open.

Tabilo stunned Djokovic on Sunday with a straight-sets victory in the third round, winning 6-2, 6-3 in his first ATP Tour match against the Serb.

The Chilean advances to the fourth round at a Masters 1000 event for the second time, after Indian Wells in 2023, with Djokovic unable to explain his struggles in Rome.

“To be honest, I couldn’t find any good feeling on the pitch when I hit the ball. I was completely wrong,” he said.

The 36-year-old, a six-time champion in Rome, won his opening match at the ATP Masters 1000 event against Corentin Moutet.

However, Djokovic was accidentally hit on the head by a falling water bottle as he left the court after that win.

Whether that incident affected his performance against Tabilo remains to be seen.

‘Honestly, I don’t know. “I have to check that,” he said. “The training was different. I went for a kind of easy training yesterday.

“I didn’t feel anything, but I didn’t feel the same either. Today under high stress it was pretty bad – not in terms of pain, but in terms of this balance.

“Just no coordination. A completely different player than two nights ago. It could be. I don’t know. I have to do medical checks and see what’s going on.”

Tabilo’s next opponent will be Karen Khachanov, who defeated Francisco Cerundolo 6-2, 6-4, while Djokovic will have to wait for his 1,100th match victory.