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Defending champion Djokovic knocked out of Australian Open

Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - 19/1/17 Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his Men's singles second round match against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - 19/1/17 Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his Men's singles second round match against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin. REUTERS/Issei Kato

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Defending champion Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday by Uzbek wildcard Denis Istomin, losing 7-6(8) 5-7 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 at Rod Laver Arena.

It was six-times champion Djokovic's earliest elimination from Melbourne Park since his first round exit in 2006.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by Ian Ransom)

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