Published: Вт, Марта 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Novak Djokovic's struggles continue with Indian Wells defeat

Novak Djokovic's struggles continue with Indian Wells defeat

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.

His title defense got off to a soggy start Saturday night when play was suspended because of rain showers, with Federer up a set and tied 2-2 in the second.

On his highly-anticipated return to the tour after right elbow surgery, Djokovic looked a shadow of his former self.

Federer will face Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, a finalist at the Paris Masters in 2017, in the third round. Djokovic who had been out of action for nearly two months after his defeat against Korean Chung at the Australian Open had taken the second half of 2017 off to heal from an elbow injury. But at the same time, I just didn't feel good at all.

"Very weird, I just completely lost rhythm".

But world number one Federer, who won his own contest with Federico Delbonis, had expected that Djokovic would find it tough getting back into the swing of things on the ATP Tour. "When you go away from the game for a two-month period, it starts feeling a little bit that way".

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"But it's not easy to deal with this kind of frustrations after injuries or when you always be the favorite to win a tournament, you come here and you lose in first round". "To me, it's not that surprising", Federer said.

The five-time Indian Wells champion regained his composure and the momentum by breaking for a 4-3 lead in the second, only to again struggle to get the job done.

American Amanda Anisimova took down two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-4 in a match lasting just over an hour to become the first 16-year-old to move into the fourth round at Indian Wells since Viktoriya Kutuzova in 2005.

"But he's strong enough to deal with that, and I love him and I want to see him in the top positions very soon".

Argentina's del Potro, who is fresh off winning the Mexican Open title in Acapulco, hammered five aces and broke de Minaur's serve five times.

Yet he failed to serve out the opening set at 5-3 before losing it in a tiebreaker.

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