Djokovic loses in Indian Wells to Taro Daniel


He was free in the opening round of Indian Wells and his first rival was a lucky loser Guillermo Canas who stunned Roger 7-5 6-2 in an hour and 45 minutes to deliver the first loss of the world number 1 since August a year ago!

"It is interesting, you know, when you go from night to day and you play a different opponent you never know there is a difference, but you also know there is a difference in opponent, and he plays different", Federer said.

Holder Roger Federer avoided the same fate as Djokovic, though the Swiss top seed was pushed hard by Argentine Federico Delbonis in a match that was completed on Sunday after being halted by rain on Saturday.

Djokovic, who gained a first-round bye, ought to have won the opening set but squandered a break point at 5-2 and the chance to clinch it on serve a game later.

After the world number one stormed to the first set over the weekend, rain interrupted play, forcing a delay overnight. American Sloane Stephens, the 13th seed in the women's draw, was scheduled to play two-time BNP Paribas Open champion Victoria Azarenka following the Federer-Delbonis match in Stadium 1.

Federer will face 25th-seed Filip Krajinovic in the third round.

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Djokovic took six months off after Wimbledon previous year and returned at January's Australian Open, where he lost in the fourth round.

Djokovic was stunned by world no. 109 Taro Daniel of Japan in three sets - 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1 at Indian Wells. "I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything", he said.

Gael Monfils beat the 15th seed John Isner 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-5; Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat the 24th seed Gilles Muller 6-3, 7-5 and Dudi Sela prevailed over the 21st seed Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-4. "Very weird", he said of the loss to Daniel.

He is making a cautious return to the ATP Tour after stopping his 2017 season following Wimbledon, due to a right elbow injury.

Djokovic rebounded to level the match, but the taxing second set left the No. 10 seed looking worse for wear.

Federer hit five aces and won 74 per cent of his first serve points in the match which took a total of one hour and 41 minutes over the two days. Djokovic even admitted that he lacked rhythm in the game. But at the same time, I just didn't feel good at all.

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"And even though you don't have pain, you're still thinking about it, because it's been something that I have been feeling and dragging for over two years".

"Definitely, I think it's motivating", Anisimova said in an interview last week.

"I just came to understand how I had to play against Lleyton".

"It is still early stages for Novak coming back and the first one after surgery".

In other action, Sam Querrey (18) went through after beating Mischa Zverev 6-4, 7-5, while Lucas Pouille of France (9) lost out to Yuki Bhambri of India 6-4, 6-4.

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