Novak Djokovic completed a day of disaster for leading seeds in Vienna, with the world No. 1 suffering the worst loss of his career on Friday in the ATP quarter-finals.
Italy’s No. 31 Lorenzo Sonego, a qualifying lucky loser from Turin, administered a 6-2, 6-1 thrashing as Djokovic lost only his third match of the season.
The shock came a few hours after second seeded holder Dominic Thiem went out 7-6(5), 6-2 to Russian Andrey Rublev..
Defeat marked the nadir for a disheartened Djokovic in a best-of-three match; he was beaten with the loss of four games in 2012 by Rafael Nadal and a year earlier by David Ferrer.
The last time a World No. 1 was beaten in a masters event by a qualifier was when Andy Murray lost to Jordan Thompson at Queens in 2017.
The result prevents the 33-year-old Serb from officially taking a grip on the year-end world No. 1 ranking.
He will now try to finish the season job from November 15 at the eight-man ATP Finals in London – he is not entered in next week’s Paris Bercy Masters through his own choice.
If he had won Vienna on Sunday, Djokovic, who lost his first two service games in a listless performance, would have finished year-end No. 1 for a record-tying sixth time.
Sonego could barely believe his victory:
“For sure it’s the best victory of my life. Novak is the best in the world. Today I played so, so good,” the Italian said.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s amazing – I’m so happy for this.”
Top seed Djokovic going down in 70 minutes. Sonego broke five times and sent down eight aces; he successfully defended all six break points against his serve.
The Italian also won his first career set against a Top 10 opponent while becoming the first lucky loser to defeat Djokovic (1-12).
Sonego’s win was only his 10th of the season after 12 defeats.
Main photo:- Lorenzo Sonego celebrates victory over world No. 1 – by ATP tour.com