Friday’s cover: Novak Djokovic overstretched and out of Australian Open

World No 2 Novak Djokovic makes the cover of The National Sport on Friday, January 20, 2017 after the Serb was eliminated from the Australian Open by Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.

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World No 2 Novak Djokovic makes the cover of The National Sport on Friday, January 20, 2017 after the Serb was eliminated from the Australian Open by Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.

The 30-year-old world No 117 played the match of his life to hand the six-time champion only his second defeat in seven years at Melbourne Park with a 7-6, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 second-round win on Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic’s stunning defeat ends a run of success in Melbourne. “I’m not used to losing in Australian Open second round,” he said. “I’ve always played so well. Throughout the last 10 years, I’ve won six titles here. This court has been so nice to me. I enjoyed it very much. Of course, it’s disappointing. But at the end of the day I have to accept it.”

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