Friday,Jan 19 – Players are not well-known Uzbek Denis Istomin biggest shocks in the Australian Open tennis tournament when players are eliminated defending champion and No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the second round today.
Playing on a wildcard (invitation) and was relegated to 117th world ranking, Istomin, 30, however, showcase the game ‘brave’ when defeated six-time champion, Djokovic 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in a fierce battle that lasted 4 hours, 48 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.
This is the first time that Djokovic was eliminated early in the tournament Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 2008, where he was eliminated in the second round by Russian player Marat Safin.
In fact, this is the second time it lost to Serbian star players outside the top 100 world ranking in the five months after losing to players No. 145 world, Juan Martin del Potro at the Rio Olympics last year.
“He played tackle real ability and credit should be given for the service that today.
“Denis deserved to win because today he did a lot of great things. He was the better player when the situation is difficult, there is not much I can do, “said Djokovic.
Istomin, 30, who got a ticket in the main draw as the winner of the wildcard Asia, said this victory was the biggest success in his career.
“This is my biggest win and give a very special meaning.
“This victory boosted my confidence. Now I know I can play with any player whose ranking is higher.
“I sympathize with Novak. I played very well today. To be honest, this victory surprised myself, “said Istomin.
Djokovic, 29, went to Melbourne for a record Australian Open title for the seventh time after winning in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Source : Internet