Melbourne: Defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has suffered a surprising loss at the hands of world number 117 Denis Istomin making Andy Murray’s path to his first ever Australian Open more accessible.
Djokovic has won the Australian Open for a total of six times and none of his defeats had come from players ranking over 68. This is why his 7-6, 5-7, 6-7, 6-4 loss has come as a total surprise.
Novak Djokovic failed to play his natural game consistently and made unnecessary errors, although in some parts of the match he did seem to be in full form. Denis Istomin on the other hand was playing the match of his life and he used this opportunity to score a win against one the future legends of tennis.
After the game Istomin said: “I feel sorry for Novak, because I was playing so good today.”
He further said: “It is the biggest win of my career and means so much, now I feel I can play with these guys and be with them on the same level. From the third set I had cramp in my leg, I don’t know how I held it. I was playing so good. I surprised myself.”
Andy Murray who has been defeated by Djokovic five times during Australian Open championships now does not have to worry about facing him again.
Novak Djokovic said after the match: “It’s one of these days when you don’t feel that great on the court,, don’t have much rhythm, and the player you’re playing against is feeling the ball very well.”
He also praised Istomin’s performance in his post-match press conference, he said” All credits to Denis for playing amazing. He deserved to win. No doubt, he was a better player in the clutch moments. He stepped it up, played aggressive, served very well. There’s not much I could do.