Alex de Minaur puts an end to Novak Djokovic’s unbeaten streak of 43 matches in Australia.

Novak Djokovic suffered his first defeat of the season and his first in Australia in six years as he was stunned by a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Alex de Minaur, giving Australia a 1-0 lead over Serbia in their United Cup quarter-final on Wednesday. Djokovic had been dealing with a right wrist issue, which he had treated before the match, but he was unable to prevent De Minaur from taking the opening set. In the second set, Djokovic dropped serve again, giving De Minaur a 4-3 advantage, and despite saving three match points, he was unable to avoid the shocking loss. Djokovic had previously won 43 consecutive matches in Australia and was hoping to win his 11th title at Melbourne Park. This loss comes after his last defeat in Australia in 2018 due to an elbow problem. De Minaur, ranked 12th in the world, described the win as “extremely special” and praised Djokovic as an “unbelievable competitor.” Poland and France also secured victories in their matches, while Greece took a 1-0 lead over Canada.

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