Taro Daniel stuns Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells

Marsha Scott
March 15, 2018

A bemused-looking Novak Djokovic described his feeling on the court during his three-set defeat to world No. 109 Taro Daniel as "very weird" and that "it felt like first match I ever played on the tour".

Daniel came back from a break down to take the first set in a tiebreak, and he limited mistakes in the third to secure the upset.

"It's been a long time since I have been interrupted at night and have to come back the next day", Federer said.

Djokovic was beaten 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1 by qualifier Taro Daniel in one of the tournament's big shocks on Sunday, having been out of action since the Australian Open due to surgery on an elbow problem.

The 36-year-old marvel continues to defy the ageing process as he needed just 58 minutes to overpower the Serb with a brilliant display of Swiss timing.

On the men's side, Borna Coric of Croatia upset No. 13 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-1, 6-3; Jeremy Chardy beat No. 20 Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in an all-French matchup; and No. 11 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain defeated Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation 6-1, 7-5.

'It's probably the stat that I'm most proud about in my tennis career, ' he said. I think every player feels that way.

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He was unable to get past his opening match in Indian Wells on Sunday even after another extended break from the game he once dominated and after what he termed "a small medical intervention" on his troublesome right elbow. "Back in the day, I used to play six matches in a row".

Federer told reporters on Thursday that he won't be taking anyone for granted in this draw.

His third-round opponent is Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, who had been scheduled to play Kei Nishikori in the second round before the world No. 25 withdrew through illness.

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

The Serb broke for 4-3 and it was all he needed to level the match as he secured the second set with a down-the-line backhand victor.

The 20-time grand slam champion continuing his bid for a record sixth BNP Paribas Open title, while US Open champion Sloane Stephens continued her poor run of form exiting from the tournament. "I was too close to still beating the best", he said.

Also, American Taylor Fritz defeated Fernando Verdasco of Spain, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/1), Croatia's Borna Coric breezed past Roberto Bautista 6-1, 6-3 and Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain, stopped Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 7-5.

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