Unheralded Wild-Card Uzbek Denis Istomin produced the performance of his life to oust six-time Australian Open Champion Novak Djokovic.
“It is unreal,” said Istomin and indeed it was for the thousands present at the Rod Laver Arena as they witnessed arguably one of the biggest shocks in recent time.
Sport360 brings to you all the fascinating numbers and stats from this absorbing encounter – an upset that could perhaps have a huge impact on tennis history.
15 – Match Win-streak ended for Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park (2015-17).
115 – Places difference on the ATP Ranking Charts between Uzbek Denis Istomin (ranked 117) and Serb Novak Djokovic (ranked 2).
2R – The Last time Djokovic lost a 2R Grand Slam Match was to Russian Marat Safin at the 2008 Wimbledon. Since then Djokovic has lost before the QFs only twice (3R at 2009 French Open – l. to Philipp Kohlschreiber & 3R at 2016 Wimbledon – Sam Querrey).
43-3 – Djokovic falls to 43-3 in 2R Grand Slam matches.
117 – Istomin is the lowest-ranked player to beat Djokovic in a Grand Slam. Prior to this loss, Safin was the lowest ranked player to beat Djokovic (ranked 75 – 2008 Wimbledon 2R).
1999 – The last Aussie Open defending champion to lose before the QFs was in 1999 when Czech Petr Korda (1998 Aus Open Winner) lost to American Todd Martin in the 3R.
Two defending champions have lost in the 1R of the Aussie Open. Roscoe Tanner (1977 Jan Aus Open Champion) lost to Chris Lewis in December 1977 and Boris Becker (1996 Aus Open Champion) was knocked out by Carlos Moya in 1997.
1 – This was Djokovic’s first loss in a deciding 5th Set since 2014 Aus Open (lost to Wawrinka – QF) ending his 7 match winning streak in 5-setters.
Del Potro – Del Potro (ranked 145 then) was the last player ranked outside Top 100 to defeat Djokovic (2016 Rio Olympics – 1R). Overall Djokovic is 94-8 against players ranked outside Top 100.
33-0 – Djokovic was 33-0 against players ranked outside Top 100 in Grand Slam matches.
40-1 – Since losing to compatriot Filip Krajinovic (ranked 319 then) in 2010, Djokovic was 40-1 against players ranked outside Top 100 (only loss to Del Potro – 2016 Rio Olympics).
1 – Istomin is the first WC to eliminate a defending champion at any major. He is also the 3rd WC to beat the Top 2 at a major since 1986 (Nick Kyrgios d. Rafa Nadal – 2014 Wimbledon 4R & James Blake d. Rafa Nadal – 2005 US Open 3R).
Hard-Court Slam – This is the 1st time Djokovic failed to reach the QF of a Hard-Court major since 2007 Aus Open (l. to Federer – 4R).
Asian – The last & only Asian before Istomin to beat Novak in a major was Kei Nishikori (SF – 2014 US Open).