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Japan's Taro Daniel eliminates Djokovic at Indian Wells

Japan's Taro Daniel eliminates Djokovic at Indian Wells

The biggest upset of the day came courtesy of Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco, who knocked out third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 in 2 hours, 8 minutes.

Djokovic was makings his first appearance since being stunned by Hyeon Chung at the Australian Open.

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

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

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. The final score was 7-6, 4-6, 6-1.

"When you do come back from injury or when you haven't played in a long time, it just takes extra effort".

"I like both but I think Nadal is more like my gamestyle", Thiem told ESPN.

The 36-year-old became the oldest man ever the honour and he is now looking to defend the title at the Indian Wells.




Federer charged into a 4-1 lead, then went ahead 5-2, stuttering before clinching the match with a stretching trademark volley that Delbonis returned into the net.

"I made so many unforced errors that it was just one of those days where you are not able to find the rhythm from the baseline especially from the backhand side".

Daniel, who reached the second round with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Britain's Cameron Norrie, had never beaten a top-20 opponent before Djokovic, and needed to win a pair of qualifiers to enter the main draw of the tournament.

"I can't believe I beat someone like (Djokovic) on center court like this, it's pretty insane", Daniel said.

"For me it felt like first match I ever played on the tour".

"I have been sick for over a week and tried everything I could to get better".

The defending champion, at 36 the oldest men's world number one, took little time breaking left-hander Delbonis in the fourth game, and claimed the first set 6-3.

World No.3 Marin Cilic of Croatia on Sunday defeated Hungary's Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 6-3 to set up a third-round clash with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat Tim Smyczek of the United States 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.