5 Shocks to Match Djokovic’s Early Exit

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Novak Djokovic’s shock exit out of the Australian Open yesterday came as a huge surprise to all, especially Andy Murray who will be licking his lips at the proposition on claiming another Grand Slam title after arguably witnessing his greatest challenger crashing out.

The Serb isn’t alone in shock exits and these five giant killings should make him feel slightly better.

1) Andy Murray vs. Kevin Anderson – 4th Round 2015 US Open

2015 wasn’t a vintage year for Murray, even with this dip in form, the Scot still managed to reach the semi-finals at the French Open and Wimbledon and the final at the Australian Open. Murray faded in the latter half of 2015 and ultimately suffered a fourth round shock to Number 15 seed Kevin Anderson.

2) Venus Williams vs. Barbara Schett – 1st Round 2001 French Open

2001 was one of many years that saw Venus Williams own the tennis world, winning Wimbledon and the US Open of that year, Williams was unstoppable many thought, they thought wrong. Williams’ dominance came to a crashing holt when the American suffered an unbelievable exit in the first round of the French Open. Barbara Schett claimed a famous victory in straight sets at Roland Garros; this however didn’t stop her claiming seven grand-slam titles.

3) Martina Navratilova vs. Janet Newberry – 1st Round 1976 US Open

Before winning 18 Grand-Slam titles, Navratilova suffered a surprise defeat to fellow American Janet Newberry. After taking the opening set, Newbury furiously fought back and overcame the number three seed at the time. Just like Venus, Navratilova suffered a minor blimp but went on to be one of the greatest tennis players of her generation

4) Boris Becker vs. Goran Ivanišević & Stefan Edberg vs. Sergi Bruguera – 1st Round 1990 French Open –

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Arguably one of the greatest rivalries in Tennis history, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg both headed into the 1990 French Open occupying the top two seeds, little did they know, both of them wouldn’t make it past the first round. Edberg was convincingly beaten by Spaniard Sergi Bruguera, who beat the Swedish player in straight sets, Becker however took the initial lead over Ivanišević, only to be outplayed by the Croatian (Yugoslavian at the time) for the rest of the match. Little did Becker know that Ivanišević would make four grand-slam final appearance and eventually win his one and only title at Wimbledon in 2001.

5) Roger Federer vs. Gustavo Kuerten – 3rd Round 2004 French Open –

Prior to this third round match-up, Federer had yet to drop a set in the opening two rounds and was set to be astonished when he lost all three sets in uncharacteristic Federer style. Could 2004 get any worse for Federer? Nope, he won everything else.


Jack Williams

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