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From Cincinnati Masters 2014 to Wimbledon 2016: Novak Djokovic's top shock defeats


Wimbledon, on Saturday, witnessed a major upset as Sam Querrey stunned defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6(6) 6-1 3-6 7-6(5). Djokovic's loss to Querrey at the Wimbledon was his first shock exit at a Grand Slam since his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2015 French Open. This came as a real shock as it is the first time since 2009 that Djokovic has failed to reach a quarter-final of a Grand Slam. Here is a look at the top 5 shocks that the Djokovic has suffered in his career:

Wimbledon 2016: Loss to Sam Querrey

 Djokovic's loss to Querrey at the Wimbledon was his first shock exit at a Grand Slam since his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2015 French Open. AP

Djokovic's loss to Querrey at the Wimbledon was his first shock exit at a Grand Slam since his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2015 French Open. AP

Novak Djokovic's 30-match Grand Slam winning streak ended stunningly with a 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5) loss to Sam Querrey in Wimbledon's third round.

Djokovic had won the past four major titles in a row — and was halfway to the first calendar-year Grand Slam for a man since Rod Laver in 1969.

It was the first loss for Djokovic at any major tournament in more than a year: He was beaten by Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final in June 2015. Since then, Djokovic won his third trophy at Wimbledon last July, his second at the U.S. Open in September, his sixth at the Australian Open in January, and his first at the French Open less than a month ago.

It was only a second win in 10 meetings for American Querrey, the world number 41, against Djokovic and it was constructed on an epic serving performance over two days after the tie had been suspended with him two sets to the good on Friday.

The 28-year-old sent down 31 aces -- 15 in the fourth set alone -- and saved 14 of 17 break points while unleashing 56 winners.

"Sam played a great match. His game was brutal and I was overpowered today," said Djokovic who added that he "wasn't 100% healthy".

Cincinnati Masters 2014: Loss to Tommy Robredo

File photo of Tommy Robredo. AFP

File photo of Tommy Robredo. AFP

Novak Djokovic lost to Tommy Robredo in straight sets in the Cincinnati Masters. A 7-6 (8/6), 7-5 loss to Robredo in an hour and 44 minutes marked Djokovic's exit from the Western and Southern Open. After winning the Wimbledon earlier, the Cincinnati tournament was a tune-up for Djokovic before the US Open. A victory over Robredo would have pushed the Serbian into the fourth round and a tournament win would have meant completing a career 'Golden Masters'.

US Open 2014: Loss to Kei Nishikori

File photo of Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic. AFP

File photo of Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic. AFP

The disappointment of Cincinnati Masters extended at the US Open as the Serbian went down to then Japanese No.10 Kei Nishikori in four sets and was on the wrong side of history as he gave way to the first Asian tennis player in history to reach a Grand Slam final. Djokovic, then World No.1, was beaten 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 and had no excuses to offer as he was fresher by three and a half hours and the conditions of extreme heat were faced by both players, thus making Nishikori's victory even sweeter.

Qatar Open 2015: Loss to Ivo Karlovic

Ivo Karlovic after beating Novak Djokovic in the 2015 Qatar Open. AFP

Ivo Karlovic after beating Novak Djokovic in the 2015 Qatar Open. AFP

One of Djokovic's major shock's of 2015 came at the hands of Ivo Karlovic at the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open when he succumbed to the Croatioan in straight sets - 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-4. Karlovic is known for his big serves and he did not disappoint, dishing out 21 aces on a windy evening. Djokovic was struggling with his ground strokes and had two chances to win the match but faltered. This is the second loss that Djokovic suffered at the hands of Karlovic, the earlier one was at the Madrid Masters in 2008.

French Open 2015: Loss to Stan Wawrinka

Stanislas Wawrinka got the better of Novak Djokovic at the French Open final of 2015. AFP

Stanislas Wawrinka got the better of Novak Djokovic at the French Open final of 2015. AFP

While Stan Wawrinka is a seasoned competitor, nobody expected the Swiss international to beat a marauding Djokovic, but the unthinkable happened and how! The Serbian tried everything but was vanquished by Wawrinka 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Wawrinka might have been the No. 8 seed at the 2015 French Open but he was simply unplayable. Djokovic missed out on adding the French Open title last year but he made amends in 2016 by beating Andy Murray in the final.

Monte Carlo Masters 2016: Loss to Jiri Vesely

Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely exhults after pulling off a shock of a lifetime and beating Novak Djokovic. AFP

Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely exhults after pulling off a shock of a lifetime and beating Novak Djokovic. AFP

This defeat for Novak was a shock primarily because he had lost just twice in the last 30 games. 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, was the scoreline in favour of Vesely and Novak complimented the 22-year old Czech by saying that nobody was unbeatable. "This is a proof that nobody's unbeatable. It happens so many times in my career that I lose a match. It's not a first time," Djokovic said. "It's not easy to lose the match and accept it right after exiting the court.

"But I have to congratulate my opponent. I think he played very solid. He was serving very big. He was playing tactically good and aggressive," the Serbian said.

Djokovic also blamed his footwork as the main cause for his shock loss. This was Vesely's first win over a top-10 player and it took him just above two hours to pull of the upset of a lifetime.

First Published On : Jul 2, 2016 22:31 IST

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