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Australian Open: Denis Istomin stuns 6-time champ Novak Djokovic

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World no.117, Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan played the match of his life on Thursday when he defeated 6-time Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Australian Open.

The Uzbeki wild card recipient ended Djokovic's 15-match winning streak at Melbourne Park with a 7-6(8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 victory in a match that lasted almost five hours. 

Djokovic, who saved six break points in a 16-minute opening game, saved a set point at 5-6 in the first set tie-break before failing to convert two of his own chances at 7-6 and 8-7, eventually dropping the opening set 10-8 in the breaker.

The second seed regained control of the match, winning the second and third sets, suggesting that he would romp home in the end, but Istomin stormed back in the fourth set to end all such illusions.

Istomin opened up a 4-1 lead in the fourth set only for Djokovic to stage a comeback to bring the set back on serve.

Istomin, leading 5-4, held a set point on his Serbian opponent's serve at 30-40 and later took a 5-1 lead in the tie-break, prior to requiring a further three set points to take the pair's sixth meeting to a deciding set.

Istomin broke decisively for a 3-2 lead in the decider and the world number 117 held his nerve to complete a memorable win in four hours and 48 minutes.

Djokovic committed an incredibly rare 72 unforced errors as he saw his perfect start to 2017 come to an end.

"All the credit to Denis for playing amazing. He deserved to win. No doubt, he was a better player in the clutch moments. He stepped it up, played aggressive. Served very well, very precise," Djokovic was quoted as saying by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) after the match.

"There's not much I could do. Of course, I was not pleased with my performance overall. But I have to congratulate my opponent today," he added.

Istomin will next play the No. 30 seed Pablo Carreno Busta, who cruised past UK's Kyle Edmund 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 in the third round.

The upsets continued at the Australian Open with the women's no.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska beaten 6-3, 6-2 by 34 year old veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia.