Djokovic stunned at Indian Wells, Federer advances

ANI | Updated: Mar 12, 2018 12:05 IST

Indian Wells (California) [USA], March 12 (ANI): Five-time Indian Wells Masters champion Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the tournament by world number 109 Taro Daniel of Japan on Monday.

Djokovic suffered a 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 loss to the Japanese in a second round tie.

It was the Serbian's first tournament after undergoing an elbow operation, which ended his Australian Open challenge in January.

"For me, it felt like the first match I ever played on the tour," said Djokovic post his defeat.

He added, "Very weird. I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything. Just struggled also a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks."

"I was not even supposed to be here because of the surgery that was only five, six weeks ago. But I recovered very quickly, and I got myself ready."

Meanwhile, world number one Roger Federer has advanced to the third round of the competition with a 6-3, 7-6, victory over Argentina's Federico Delbonis. (ANI)