Australian Open: Surprise Loss For Djokovic

Novak Djokovic won’t be setting the Australian Open record for most men’s titles this year, after a shocking second-round loss to wild-card entry Denis Istomin.
It was the earliest loss at a major since 2008 for six-time Australian Open champion Djokovic, who had never dropped a set to Istomin in six previous meetings.
It was destined to be a long afternoon on Rod Laver Arena for Djokovic, though, when he needed 24 serves and 16 minutes to hold in the first game on Thursday, saving six break points.
He lost the 85-minute first set in a tiebreaker, seemed to get the momentum back only for No. 117-ranked Istomin to finish stronger for a 7-6 (8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win.
“All the credit to Denis for playing amazing. He deserves to win,” Djokovic said. “He was the better player in the clutch moments.
“Obviously, I was not pleased with my performance overall, but I have to congratulate my opponent. Whenever he needed – he came up with a big serve, big play.”


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