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In stunning Australian Open upset, Djokovic falls to unknown wild card player from Uzbekistan

In what is being called "one of the biggest upsets" in Australian Open history, Novak Djokovic, 29, was defeated in the second round by Denis Istomin, 30, a wild card player from Uzbekistan who is ranked 117th in the world. Last June, Djokovic held all four Grand Slam singles titles at the same time; he has won the Australian Open six times, and had not suffered such an early defeat in a Grand Slam tournament in almost nine years.

Istomin won 7-6 (10-8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, with the five sets taking four hours and 48 minutes to complete. "First of all, I feel sorry for Novak; I was playing so good today," Istomin said. "I surprised myself as well."

With Djokovic out of the tournament, world No. 1 Andy Murray is the clear favorite to win the Australian Open title. "Many things came together for [Istomin] today and he's a well-deserved winner," Djokovic said after the match. "There's not much I could do."