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Australian Open: Men's World Number 117 Knocks Out Defending Champion

Defending champion and world number 2, Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat by world number 117, Denis Istomin in the second round of the 2017 Australian Open.

The six-time winner lost 7-6 (10-8) 5-7 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in four hours and 48 minutes.

It is the first time Djokovic, 29, has lost in the second round of a Grand Slam since 2008 at Wimbledon.

It is only the second time in seven years that Djokovic has lost to a player ranked outside the top 100 - his defeat by Juan Martin del Potro, ranked 145th, at the Rio Olympics in 2016 being the other occasion.

He deserved to win. No doubt, he was a better player in the clutch moments, said Djokovic.

Many things came together for him today and he's a well-deserved winner. There's not much I could do.

Istomin 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.

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