Result: David Goffin sends Novak Djokovic packing in Monte Carlo

David Goffin celebrates winning his third-round match at the French Open on May 28, 2016
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David Goffin claims the scalp of second seed Novak Djokovic, earning a 6-2 3-6 7-5 victory to progress into the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Second seed Novak Djokovic has exited the Monte Carlo Masters at the quarter-final stage following defeat in three sets to David Goffin this evening.

The 29-year-old battled back to take the contest to a deciding set, but he fell short in what was his third clay-court match of the year since recovering from an elbow problem.

Goffin required five match points to get over the line, claiming the scalp of another top seed by eventually prevailing 6-2 3-6 7-5 in a match lasting two hours and 40 minutes.

Djokovic lost serve in the opening game of the contest and struggled to truly hit back, with a second break in the fifth game giving his opponent a strong foothold on the match.

The second set proved to be a real battle, which the Serbian pro took with his fourth set point after Goffin - ranked 13th in the world - refused to give up.

Goffin's big chance looked to have eluded him when Djokovic earned a break of serve in the opening game of the deciding set, but the Belgian pegged his opponent back at 5-5 to pave the way for a tense finale.

After squandering chance after chance to get over the line, Goffin finally did so with a fifth match point to book his place in the last four, where either Rafael Nadal or Diego Schwartzman awaits.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray11,690
2Serbia Novak Djokovic8,085
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,695
4Switzerland Roger Federer5,125
5Spain Rafael Nadal4,235
6Canada Milos Raonic4,165
7Japan Kei Nishikori4,010
8Croatia Marin Cilic3,565
9Austria Dominic Thiem3,385
10Belgium David Goffin2,975
11France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,915
12Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,880
13Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,870
14Lucas Pouille2,516
15United States Jack Sock2,450
16Australia Nick Kyrgios2,425
17France Gael Monfils2,410
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,145
19Albert Ramos-Vinolas2,135
20Pablo Carreno Busta2,025