Alejandro Tabilo's comment perfectly sums up shock Rome win over Novak Djokovic

In the Rome third round, Tabilo dominated Djokovic with just five games lost during the match.

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Alejandro Tabilo's comment perfectly sums up shock Rome win over Novak Djokovic
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Alejando Tabilo was in absolute disbelief after stunning Novak Djokovic as the Chilean tennis player was asking someone to "wake me up" after clinching the biggest win of his career.

Although Tabilo is currently playing the tennis of his life and enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 32 in the world, he still entered the Djokovic Rome third round match as the huge underdog. But when the match finished, it was Tabilo who ended on the winning side - and not only that he defeated the world No. 1 - but he crushed the record 24-time Grand Slam champion with a 6-2 6-3 scoreline.

For Tabilo - who will be turning 27 next month - it was by far the biggest win of his career.

“I was just trying to keep my nerves in, trying to keep swinging. Obviously every time you feel like you are closer to the end, your arms start to get a little tighter and you start to swing shorter, so I was just trying to not think about it and take it point by point. It’s crazy, I can’t believe what just happened,” Tabilo said.

“It’s incredible. I came on court just looking around, just trying to soak it all in and trying to process everything. I’m just trying to wake up right now."

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How Tabilo beat Djokovic?

When the match started, Tabilo was controlling everything as the 29th-seeded Chilean started the match with back-to-back breaks and a 4-0 lead.

In the fifth game, Djokovic finally got on the board but Tabilo remained unfazed and routinely served out the sixth and eighth games to seal the first set.

Many times in his career, Djokovic found a way to bounce back in a strong way after a slow start to the match. But this time, it didn't happen as Tabilo also started the second set with a 2-0 lead.

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Leading 6-2 5-3 and with Djokovic serving to stay in the match, Tabilo broke the world No. 1 for the fourth time in the match to complete a two-set win.

Tabilo is now set to play against Karen Khachanov in the Rome round-of-16.

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