Novak Djokovic suffers joint heaviest defeat of his career against ‘lucky loser’ Lorenzo Sonego

Tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic suffered the joint worst defeat of his career, losing 6-2 6-1 to Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in the quarter-finals of the Vienna Open.



a man in a blue shirt: Novak Djokovic had no answer against Lorenzo Sonego.


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Novak Djokovic had no answer against Lorenzo Sonego.

It was only the second time in the Serb’s career that he has managed to win just three games in a match, the previous occasion coming against Marat Safin at the 2005 Australian Open.

To make the result all the more incredible, it is the first time in his career that Djokovic has lost to a lucky loser, a player given a place in the tournament’s main draw despite losing in qualifying.

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Sonego, ranked No. 42 in the world, took just 68 minutes to dismantle Djokovic and inflict only his third defeat of the season.

Djokovic has already wrapped up the No. 1 year-end ranking for a sixth time, matching Pete Sampras’ all-time record, and claimed that it affected his performance.

“I’ve done what I needed to do and why I came here (securing the No. 1 spot),” Djokovic said, as reported by the Guardian’s Tumaini Carayol. “I move on completely fine with today’s result and looking to the next chapter.”

Sonego will face Great Britain’s Dan Evans in the semifinal. Evans defeated Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-3 on Friday.

Next up for Djokovic is the prestigious ATP Finals, being held in London for the final time. There he will be aiming to win a sixth singles title, which would tie the record held by Roger Federer.



a man throwing a ball: Lorenzo Sonego celebrates his stunning victory.


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Lorenzo Sonego celebrates his stunning victory.

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