Djokovic crashes to another defeat at Vienna Open | Sunday Observer

Djokovic crashes to another defeat at Vienna Open

1 November, 2020
Novak Djokovic-Lorenzo Sonego
Novak Djokovic-Lorenzo Sonego

World number one Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat by Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in the quarter-finals of the Vienna Open.

The Serb was beaten 6-2 6-1 by the world number 42, who only came into the tournament as a lucky loser.

Djokovic looked out of sorts in the opening set of his match as his 25-year-old Italian opponent took control.

He kept up the intensity in the second set, a double break putting him 4-1 up, and held his nerve for a famous win.

Sonego lost to Aljaz Bedene in the final round of qualifying but earned a spot in the main tournament after the withdrawal of Diego Schwartzman.

“It’s the best victory of my life. Novak is the best in the world,” he said.

“Today I played so, so good. It’s unbelievable. It’s amazing.”

It is the first time Djokovic has ever been beaten by a lucky loser.

It also means he will have to wait a little longer before he completes the formality of equalling Pete Sampras’ all-time record of ending the season top of the rankings for a sixth time. (bbcsport)