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Denis Istomin

Istomin stuns Djokovic in Australian Open second round

MELBOURNE: Uzbek Denis Istomin pulled off an Australian Open upset for the ages when he sent reigning champion Novak Djokovic tumbling out of the year's first grand slam in a near five-hour epic on Thursday. The 30-year-old world number 117 played the match of his life to hand the six-times champion only his second defeat in seven years at Melbourne Park with a 7-6(8) 5-7 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 second-round win on Rod Laver Arena. Istomin let out a huge roar of delight when he ensured Djokovic's earliest exit from the…