We were given tickets to the Australian Open (thanks C), and found we had great seats on Centre Court for the Djokovic/Istoman match. Istoman, who’s he, I thought? Turns out he’s ranked 117 in the world, comes from Uzbekistan, is coached by his mother – and nearly 5 hours later, he’d beaten Djokovic in 5 sets.
I’m no expert, but although Djokovic had moments where he shone, Istoman was the more consistent player. It seemed from the outset that this would be an interesting game, as it took over 16 minutes for Djokovic to retain his serve in the first game. Djokovic seemed to be let down by his serve, and in the rallies, he appeared unwilling to take risks, preferring to wait for his opponent to make an error. In the 3rd set things seemed to turn around for a while, but it didn’t last.