The Australian Open has claimed its first major upset as World Number 2 Novak Djokovic got knocked out of the first round.
Djokovic’s shock loss came at hands of the World’s 117-ranked player, Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin. The match lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes in what would prove to be the biggest upset of the iconic Serbian’s career.
Istomin won the grueling encounter 7-6 (8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, and consigned Djokovic to his earliest Grand Slam exit since the 2008 Wimbledon. It’s also the first time Djokovic would lose to a player ranked outside the top 100 in an ATP event.
With his exit, current World Number 1 Sir Andy Murray is the odds-on favorite to win the Australian Open.
The Australian Open is usually Djokovic’s best Grand Slam, as he’s won half of his 12 career Grand Slams in Melbourne.
“He deserved to win. No doubt, he was a better player in the clutch moments,” said liest grDjokovic after the game.
“Many things came together for him today and he’s a well-deserved winner. There’s not much I could do.”