Alex de Minaur ends Novak Djokovic’s 43-match winning run in Australia

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  • Serbian suffers shock 6-4, 6-4 loss in United Cup
  • Djokovic hampered by wrist problem as Australia take 1-0 lead

Novak Djokovic slumped to his first defeat of the season and first in Australia for six years with a stunning 6-4, 6-4 loss to Alex de Minaur who gave Australia a 1-0 lead over Serbia in their United Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.

Djokovic was hampered by a right wrist problem in Serbia’s victory over Czech Republic on Tuesday and the world No 1 had it worked on again by a trainer before De Minaur earned a late break and went on to clinch the opening set. The Australian Open champion dropped serve yet again to hand De Minaur a 4-3 advantage in the second set and saved three match points later, but was unable to prevent the shock loss before the year’s first grand slam this month.

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Written by Reuters
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2024/jan/03/novak-djokovic-crashes-to-straight-sets-defeat-by-alex-de-minaur-in-united-cup under the title “Alex de Minaur ends Novak Djokovic’s 43-match winning run in Australia”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.