IN PICTURES: Djokovic's early exits

Sport360 looks back at Novak Djokovic's five early losses at big tournaments (Grand Slams and Olympic Games) down the years, from 2008 onwards.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
19th January 2017

article:19th January 2017

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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IN PICTURES: From the 2017 Australian Open to the 2016 Rio Olympics – Five early exits for Novak Djokovic at big tournaments

Sport360 looks back at Novak Djokovic's five early losses at big tournaments (Grand Slams and Olympic Games) down the years, from 2008 onwards.

2017 Australian Open: Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin dumps out the defending champion.

2017 Australian Open: Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin dumps out the defending champion.

Rio 2016 Olympics: A tearful Djokovic bids farewell after first round exit to Juan Martin Del Potro.

Rio 2016 Olympics: A tearful Djokovic bids farewell after first round exit to Juan Martin Del Potro.

Wimbledon 2016: Powered off the court by Sam Querrey at third round stage.

Wimbledon 2016: Powered off the court by Sam Querrey at third round stage.

French Open 2009: Shock third round exit to Philipp Kohlschreiber on red clay.

French Open 2009: Shock third round exit to Philipp Kohlschreiber on red clay.

Wimbledon 2008: Marat Safin inflicted Djokovic's earliest defeat at SW19 (second round).

Wimbledon 2008: Marat Safin inflicted Djokovic's earliest defeat at SW19 (second round).