Australian Open 2016-17: Greatest Upsets

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Novak Djokovic of Serbia congratulates Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan after winning their second round match on day four of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Australian Open began on a despairing note on Day 1, with many of the top tennis stars’ names coming up in a fixing row. However it didn’t let the spirit of the players down and some of the newcomers registered the biggest upsets on the opening day of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. Some of the big guns were crushed by a few of the new entrants in the Grand Slam Arena, while the champions like Djokovic, Serena Williams and Roger Federer cruised through  to the fourth round.

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Just when Novak Djokovic lost the number one ranking to Andy Murray towards the end of 2016, yet bounced back in 2017 capturing Doha to refresh the rivalry. And when the draws for Australian Open came out, first round against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco seemed like a huge roadblock. But, World No. 117 Denis Istominto bringing about the biggest upset right at the start of the year was absolutely the least expected. The bespectacled Uzbekistan player Denis ended the reign of Djokovic Down Under with a 7-6 (10-8) 5-7 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 win in a shade under five hours.

After winning four straight majors through the spring last year, Djokovic has now lost at the last three Grand Slams. But, this stunning upset will go down as the most shocking defeat the king of Melbourne Novak Djokovic, or rather the whole of AO tournament has witnessed.
The 30-year-old wildcard entrant now becomes only the second player outside the top 100 to defeat Djokovic in the last seven years.
“I feel sorry for Novak, I was playing so good,” he said afterward.

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