Novak Djokovic suffers joint heaviest defeat of his career against ‘fortunate failure’ 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.
It was only the second time in the Serb’s career that he has managed to dominate just three matches 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 fortunate washout, a player given a place in the tournament’s primary draw despite losing in qualifying.
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 positioning 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 (making sure about the No. 1 spot),” Djokovic said, as reported by the Guardian’s Tumaini Carayol. “I proceed onward 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 6-3 on Friday.
Next up for Djokovic is the prestigious ATP Finals, being held in London for the final time. There he will be planning to win a sixth singles title, which would tie the record held by Roger Federer.
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