12BET (Sports News) Twelve-time winner of Grand Slams, Novak Djokovic suffered from a shocking defeat against the world’s number 117 Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open.
Failure to have the right rhythm had earned him a loss that he didn’t anticipate. This will be the first time that he received a defeat in the second round of the Grand Slam tournament since 2008 at Wimbledon.
Rumors have started to spread that the current winner won’t be able to defend his title as Andy Murray becomes the favorite to win Australian Open in Melbourne this year. Although we can never set aside the fact that Djokovic holds a great record against the Briton winning five of their past seven matches in the competition.
The Serbian professional tennis player has won six Australian Open titles outclassing the Brits pride.
Meanwhile, this will only be the second time that the experience tennis player loss over a contender that ranked outside the top 100 in the past seven years – the first one happened during the Rio Olympics 2016 wherein he was thrashed down by ranked 145th, Juan Martin del Porto.
Istomin was a better player, he deserved to win, and this is what Djokovic said after the said match.
An aggressive play has been witnessed, Djokovic tried to steal some points but with the consistency of play that his Russian contender had met defeat.
The 30-year old victor said that this match is the biggest in his career, this also boosted his confidence as he faces tougher men in the tournament.