Denis Istomin upsets No. 2 Novak Djokovic in second round of Australian Open

Defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic was ousted by Denis Istomin on Thursday, falling 6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 in the second round.

The loss is the earliest for a defending Australian Open champ since Mats Wilander fell in the second round in the 1989 tournament, and the first for the six-time winner Djokovic.

“First of all, I feel sorry for novak, I was playing so good today,” Istomin said. “I surprised myself… It was tough, since the third set, I had cramping in my leg.”

It is a bigger win for me, it means so much, I feel like I can play with these guys and be on the same level,” Istomin said after thanking his mother and the crowd at Rod Laver Arena.

The 30-year-old Istomin, who resides in Uzbekistan, is ranked No. 117 in the world, dealt the second-seeded Djokovic his first career loss (33-1) to a player outside the top-100 in a Grand Slam. He will face No. 30 Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round.

 

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