Australian Open: Novak Djokovic Knocked Out by Unseeded Istomin

World number 117 Istomin stunned six-time champion Djokovic 7-6(8) 5-7 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 in the second round.

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday by Uzbek wildcard Denis Istomin, losing 7-6(8) 5-7 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4.

It was six-times champion Djokovic's earliest elimination from Melbourne Park since his first round exit in 2006.

The Uzbek world number 117 caused a massive upset as he beat the defending champion and second seed in four hours and 48 minutes.

Istomin faces Spanish 30th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the next round.

(With inputs from Reuters.)

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