This was Djokovic earliest exit from Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2008
The dream of Novak Djokovic for a seventh Australian Open record-breaking was destroyed by Denis Istomin on Thursday in a five-set thriller.
Djokovic dominated the Melbourne Park for almost a decade, but that is all gone only in the second round of the game on Laver Arena.
Before now, Istomin only had one singles’ title to his name which he won in Nottingham Open and this is the biggest win of his career.
In his speech he said,
“I feel sorry for Novak, I played so good today, there is loads of emotion on my mind now. It was a tough game, I know I can beat these guys now and play tennis at this level.” Sky Sports
Even though Djokovic was bidding to win a record seventh title to his name, but just 15 minutes into the game Djokovic was forced to save six break points which is when the struggle began.
Istomin hit 63 winners, edged it after a tie-break and the 30yrs old refused to fold when second seed Djokovic hit back to win the second and third sets.
Istomin made his final break during the fifth game then held the service all way to the 4 hour 48 minutes game.
Istomin will go on to face Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round after the Spanish 30th seed beat Kyle Edmund of Britain earlier.
After Djovovic won four Grand Slams between 2015 and 2016, he has gone three tournaments without adding to his tally of other 12 major triumphs.