Bombshell: Djokovic suffered his worst official defeat in 15 years


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Bombshell: Djokovic suffered his worst official defeat in 15 years

The bump is historic. Wherever you look at it, none believed that Lorenzo Sonego (42 in the world) was going to beat so easily Novak Djokovic. So great was the surprise in the quarterfinals of the ATP 500 from Vienna, that serbian suffered its worst fall in 15 years, being one of the toughest of his entire professional career.

The scoreboard speaks for itself of what Djokovic experienced in Vienna, indoors and on hard surfaces. The Serbian changed the map of his calendar by choosing to go to Austria, after 13 years, to look for the necessary points to ensure he closed 2020 as No. 1 in the world ranking, ahead of the Spanish Rafael Nadal. And he put aside the imminent Masters 1000 of Paris-Bercy, since he will not be able to add since he was champion last year.

Sonego entered the main draw as lucky loser, that is, a lucky loser in the last round of qualifying and then entered due to the loss of Diego Schwartzman. And surely he never thought he could beat Djokovic in this way, no less, owner of the Australian Open in January and 17 Grand Slam in total.

In the quarterfinals, Djokovic lost 6-2 and 6-1 to Sonego and it was lapidary for him. The Serbian suffered other defeats in which he won four games and it happened more than once, but only once had he experienced this situation, taking just three games in a match.

That sad precedent had been experienced by Djokovic, when he was very young, in the first round of the 2005 Australian Open, when he was beaten by Russian Marat Safin 6-0, 6-2 and 6-1. At that time, Safin was the No. 4 in the world and beat the Swiss Roger Federer, the No. 1 ATP, in the semifinals and the local Lleyton Hewitt (3) in the final.

For this reason, this blow from the Serbian was very big, since he had never suffered such a big fall since he won his first ATP title and he was getting into the major circuit. And he lived it now, being the leader of the international ranking.


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