Novak Djokovic ousted in Indian Wells

Mar 12, 2018, 09:46 IST | AFP

Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel sent five-time tournament champion Novak Djokovic tumbling out of the Indian Wells Masters with a hard-fought 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-1 victory on Sunday

Novak Djokovic of Serbia leaves the court after losing to Taro Daniel of Japan during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on in Indian Wells, California. Pic/AFP
Novak Djokovic of Serbia leaves the court after losing to Taro Daniel of Japan during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on in Indian Wells, California. Pic/AFP

Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel sent five-time tournament champion Novak Djokovic tumbling out of the Indian Wells Masters with a hard-fought 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-1 victory on Sunday. It was another snag in the return for the 30-year-old Djokovic who admitted he was out of sorts while playing in just his second event of 2018. He is making a cautious return to the ATP Tour after stopping his 2017 season following Wimbledon, due to a right elbow injury. "For me it felt like first match I ever played on the tour. Very weird," Djokovic said.

"I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything. Just struggled also a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks." Djokovic scrambled to win the second set but looked rusty on stadium court, making 62 unforced errors compared to 29 for Daniel. Djokovic had four aces but overall he served poorly making four double faults and winning just 65 percent of his first-serve points. Daniel, who is ranked 109th in the world, advanced to the third round where he will face Gael Monfils of France who outlasted American John Isner 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3), 7-5.

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