Novak Djokovic did not start the new year well. The first Grand Slam Australian Open of the year is going to start in a few days. Earlier, Djokovic, the highest Grand Slam winner in men’s singles history, returned to the court with the United Cup. However, this Serbian star, as always irresistible on Australian soil, saw the reverse side of the coin.
The number one tennis star in the world has not lost a match for six long years on Australian soil. He was undefeated for 43 matches. Yesterday in the quarter-finals of the United Cup, Novak went against Australia’s Alex de Minaur. Joker lost to 24-year-old Minaur in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. After 6 years and 43 matches in Australia, 24 Grand Slam winners tasted their first loss.
Djokovic could not resist in one of the two sets. One of the biggest reasons for the straight sets loss to the 12-year-old Minaur was the Serbian star’s injury. Djokovic injured his right wrist during his match against Czech Republic’s Jiri Lehka last Tuesday. Despite the pain, the current top star in men’s singles won the game 6-1, 6-7(7/3), 6-1.
That injury was in the match against Minaur in the Bagra hurdle. The Serbian star went to the doctor during the first set. In the end, Joker’s chariot of victory stopped at Minaur on Australian soil. “It’s something very special,” said the 24-year-old Australian, who was excited to beat the world number one star.
In the excitement of beating a legend like Djokovic, the world number 12 did not forget to praise his opponent, ‘Novak is an incredible competitor, what he has done for the game is great and special. It feels like a dream, an unimaginable feeling and I’m so happy to be doing it in Perth, Australia.’
Djokovic not only lost in the quarter-finals of the United Cup, but also suffered injuries. Right hand wrist injury has raised concerns about the Australian Open.