The Serbian lost in sets 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-6. It was in his first appearance since he played three ATP matches in Dubai in February.
Djokovic was broken nine times and got 20 break balls against him in Tuesday’s game in Monaco. Fokina took the lead in the third and decisive set.
The Spaniard is ranked 46th in the world.
The duel seemed to have ended early. Fokina was leading 3-0 in the second set, but suddenly Djokovic came back and won five straight games. That gave him a 5-4 lead on the road to victory in the tiebreak.
After that, many thought the experienced Djokovic would save progress. Instead, he was swept away by the pebbles.
This settlement is part of the second round of a major tournament. First seed Djokovic, like Casper Ruud, got a walkover in the first set.
Djokovic has played little this year because he still refuses to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. In January, he was knocked out just before the start of the Australian Open, and later withdrew from matches at Indian Wells and Miami. He was unable to travel to the United States because he was not vaccinated.
At the end of May, the 34-year-old will play as the reigning champion at Roland-Garros. French Grand Slam organizers have declared Djokovic can play as long as the coronavirus situation in France stabilizes
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