Uzbekistan no.1 and world no.117 Denis Istomin overpowered Novac Djokovic, ranked no.2 in the world, in the second round of Australian Open.
Playing on Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Park, Istomin clinched a 3-2 victory (7-6, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4).
The match lasted 4 hours 49 minutes, as Djokovic led by winners (68-63), but made more mistakes (72-60). Istomin snatched 17 aces, while Djokovic settled for 14.
In the third round, Istomin will challenge Pablo Carreno Busta on January 20.
This is Djokovic’s first loss at Australian Open since 2014. The 29-yeard old Serbian has won Australian Open six times (2008, 2011-2013, 2015-2016).
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