Novak Djokovic suffered his heaviest ever defeat in a three-set match on Friday when he was knocked out of the Vienna ATP match by fortunate loser Lorenzo Sonego, stalling his bid to wrap up the year-end world primary rating for a sixth time.
Italian Sonego, ranked 42 and who had initially misplaced in qualifying final weekend, is the primary fortunate loser ever to beat Djokovic.
His 6-2, 6-1 quarter-final stunner was 33-year-old Djokovic’s heaviest ever defeat.
The one different time the Serb had gained simply three video games was on the 2005 Australian Open by the hands of Marat Safin in a best-of-five set encounter.
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“He simply blew me off the court docket, that’s all,” Djokovic advised atptour.com. “He was higher in each phase of the sport. It was a fairly dangerous match from my aspect, however superb from his aspect.
“He positively deserved this end result,” added the Serb star who was enjoying his first match since his Roland Garros last defeat to Rafael Nadal three weeks in the past.
Friday’s defeat means Djokovic must wait somewhat longer earlier than he completes the formality of equalling Pete Sampras’s all-time file of ending the season prime of the rankings for a sixth time.
“For certain it’s the perfect victory of my life. Novak is the perfect on the earth. Immediately I performed so, so good,” Sonego mentioned.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s superb. I performed the perfect match in my life. I’m so joyful for this.”
Sonego fired 26 winners previous the Serb who misplaced for less than the third time in 2020. Djokovic, a 17-time main champion, managed simply seven winners towards 25 unforced errors.
Sonego goes on to face both Britain’s Dan Evans or Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria for a spot within the last.
Second seed and defending champion Dominic Thiem additionally misplaced Friday, happening 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 to Russian world quantity eight Andrey Rublev.
Rublev hit 30 winners previous the US Open champion and goes on to face South Africa’s Kevin Anderson for a spot within the last.
“I got here right here with the temper that I’ve nothing to lose,” mentioned Rublev who’s chasing a fifth title of the 12 months.
“I had already a very nice season. I got here right here with zero expectations, simply eager to do my finest. To attempt to combat each match. On the finish, I’m right here within the semi-finals.”
Anderson made the semi-finals by accounting for Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 7-6 (7/5).
It was 2018 champion Anderson’s first prime 10 win in two years.