Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Returning Novak Djokovic crashes out of Indian Wells Masters

Returning Novak Djokovic crashes out of Indian Wells Masters

The Federer-Delbonis match was suspended due to rain on Saturday night with the World No.1 ahead 6-3, 2-2, reports Efe.

The Serb was once the most dominant player around - winning four straight grand slam titles from 2015 to 2016 - but little of that scintillating form was on display when the 12-time grand slam victor was upset by Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1 in the second round in Indian Wells on Sunday.

The Serb was returning from the persistent elbow injury that kept him out of action for most of 2017.

The Indian Bhambri will meet 18th-seeded Sam Querrey in the third round after the big-serving American accounted for Germany's Mischa Zverev 6-4 7-5. 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. "Just some inexplicable, uncharacteristic errors, but that's I guess that's all part of the particular circumstances that I'm in at the moment".

He extended his 2018 win streak to 13 matches and has only dropped three sets from 34 played this year.

"Very weird. I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything".

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Watford have now lost all five of their away Premier League matches in the month of March. "The spirit and desire was good". Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville could not resist taking a sly dig at the misery of bitter rivals.

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.

"He just seems to be getting better and better, he's improving year on year and as we said earlier, he's won nine titles since coming back from that injury problem with the knee".

Federico was off to a better start in set number two, holding easily in the opening two service games to be leveled at 2-2 before the rain started to fall, forcing the organizers to call it a day and move the match into Sunday's program. Last month, Djokovic underwent another surgery on the same elbow, with hopes of returning to his best closer to the European claycourt and grasscourt seasons.

The defeat was just the fifth time in the past decade former world number one Djokovic has lost against a player outside the top 100 players in the world. "To me, it's not that surprising", Federer said.

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.

South African seventh seed Kevin Anderson also prevailed in his second round match, 7-5 6-4 over Russian Evgeny Donskoy.

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