“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.