IN PICTURES: Djokovic's early exits

Sport360 staff 19/01/2017
The end of the road in Melbourne for the six-time champion.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Australian Open after falling victim to a stunning five-set defeat at the hands of wild card Denis Istomin.

Djokovic was chasing a record seventh title in Melbourne, but his pursuit is over for another year after Istomin, ranked 117th in the world, edged a mammoth contest 7-6 (10/8) 5-7 2-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-4.

It was only his second loss to a player outside the top 100 in seven years.

It means after winning four consecutive grand slams between 2015 and 2016, Djokovic has now gone three tournaments without adding to his tally of 12 major triumphs.

And following his early exit, Sport360 looks at other occasions where the Serbian has exited major tournaments early – since 2008 – acknowledging the 29-year-old’s ranking status and position towards the top end of the men’s game at the time.

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Djokovic out of Aus Open: Five other Grand Slam upsets

Sport360 staff 19/01/2017
Down and out: When the big stars head home early.

The Serbian defending champion was sensationally knocked out in the second round of the Australian Open by Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin on Thursday, with the 117th-ranked Istomin ousting the six-time winner 7-6(10/8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in 4hr 48min on Rod Laver Arena.

Here, Sport360 looks back at five other occasions where top-ranked players have been dumped out of the majors in the early rounds.


Swisss star and defending champion Roger Federer was beaten 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 7-6 (7-5) in a four-set epic by world number 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round at SW19.

At the time, it was the 17-time Grand Slam champion’s earliest exit at a major since 2003.


Two-time SW19 winner Rafael Nadal was knocked out in a Centre Couty epic by world no100 Lukas Rosol. The Czech battled and bruised his way to a famous 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4 win.


Super Swede Robin Soderling became the first man to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, dashing the Spaniard’s hopes of winning a fifth title in a row. Nadal was powered off the court at the fourth-round stage as Soderling made his way through to the final, losing to Federer.


The Australian defending champion became only the third man in history to get knocked out in the first round of his title defence – losing to big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic, 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4.


There was to be no fairrytale ending at Wimbledon for the seven-time SW19 champion as Swiss player Bastl, the world no145 and lucky loser qualifier, beat the American in five sets on Court 18.

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Arab star Jaziri reaches Australian Open third round

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Jaziri is making good progress down under.

Arab No1 Malek Jaziri matched his best grand slam performance by reaching the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The Tunisian world No56 beat talented Kazakh teenager Alexander Bublik 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 to set up a last-32 clash with Germany’s Mischa Zverev, who saved a match point en route to his 6-7(4), 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(7), 9-7 over No19 seed John Isner of the US.

Jaziri’s best major result also came in Melbourne when he reached the third round in 2015 before falling to Nick Kyrgios.

“It was not an easy match, the guy was motivated, he had nothing to lose, was serving very well,” Jaziri told Sport360 of Bublik, who had upset No16 seed Lucas Pouille in the opening round on Monday.

“I played well, I changed a lot the rhythm of the game, I was playing with a lot of variation.

“It was windy today and it wasn’t easy to play but the first two sets I was there in all the points, I was aggressive from the start.

“He’s a young guy, you have to be there since the beginning to put an impression and I felt like I did that well. In the third set I was down 3-5 but I came back after losing my concentration briefly. I’m happy with the win, it was very important for me.”

Jaziri is 2-0 at the Challenger level against Zverev but they haven’t faced off since 2014. Zverev, the older brother of the higher-ranked Sascha, was ranked 171 this time last year but has made a solid march up the standings and is up to No50.

“I think it won’t be an easy match. He’s playing different, more serve-and-volley, more aggressive in the game. He showed a lot of good results in the last few months. He’s a dangerous player,” said Jaziri of Mischa Zverev, adding that joining forces with his new coach Christophe Freyss has been great so far.

“I’ve been working hard, I feel like I have more experience at this level and I’m working with a coach who has a lot of experience as well. So it’s important for the next step for me and hopefully I will make it.”

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