Novak Djokovic suffers 'weird' loss to qualifier at Indian Wells

Andrew Cummings
March 12, 2018

Holder Roger Federer avoided the same fate as Djokovic, though the Swiss top seed was pushed by left-handed Argentine Federico Delbonis in a match that was completed on Sunday after being halted by rain at 2-2 in the second set the previous day.

Federer, who returned to World No. 1 at the ATP World Tour 500 event in Rotterdam last month, is assured of remaining at the pinnacle of the ATP Rankings should he reach the semi-finals in Indian Wells.

Marin Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion who lost to Federer in the final of this year's Australian Open, eased to a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Marton Fucsovics.

Novak Djokovic's first match back after elbow surgery ended in disappointment as the former world number one was beaten by Taro Daniel in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters on Sunday. Djokovic sprinted out to a 5-2 lead against the 25-yard-old from Japan, but his mistakes began to add up and he finished with 58 unforced errors.

Verdasco's first serve proved almost unplayable in the deciding set of the second round match as he improved his career head-to-head record against Dimitrov to 2-2.

Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut and Adriano Mannarino were among the other seeds to move on, while Fabio Fognini and Albert-Ramos Vinolas joined Dimitrov in exiting the tournament. "Very weird", Djokovic said.

Frenchman Gael Monfils survived a match point before beating big-serving American John Isner 6-7 (5) 7-6 (3) 7-5 in a contest that had only one break.

Israeli Dudi Sela beat British 21st-seeded Briton Kyle Edmund 6-4 6-4 while Luxemburg's 24th seed Giles Muller was upset by Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 7-5.

"It feels insane. I mean, I'm still in shock", Anisimova said. "I didn't serve too good today but overall I'm pleased". Now I'm 34 and I have to fight against players 21, 22, 23 that are much younger.

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