Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Djokovic ousted by a qualifier

Djokovic ousted by a qualifier

Japan's world No. 109 Taro Daniel pulled off a major upset Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open by beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the second round.

Federer, who earned his fifth title at Indian Wells previous year, saved a set point in the second-set tiebreaker and advanced to face Filip Krajinovic on Monday. Djokovic made a comeback after a long period out of the game at the Australian Open.

Federer stressed it was always going to be hard for the six-time Australian victor to impress on his return from injury, which is why the 36-year-old was not surprised following Djokovic's struggle in Indian Wells.

Djokovic bowed out to South Korean Chung Hyeon in the fourth round of the 2018 Australian Open. "Extremely grateful to play with such greats of the game @AndreAgassi", an ecstatic Lock posted on his Twitter account, accompanied by a picture of him with Djokovic, Agassi and Stepanek.

Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro (6) defeated Australia's Alex De Minaur 6-2, 6-1 to set up a third-round match with Spain's David Ferrer (29), who beat American Tim Smyczek 6-2, 7-6 (3).

"But, you know, after an opponent like this, to come back from two breaks down, actually, for me it was nearly impossible".

"And not to mention as well, I've played so many tournaments as a kid here".

Novak Djokovic and British No1 Kyle Edmund suffered disappointing defeats at Indian Wells on Sunday.

It's the 25-year-old's biggest career win. "He is undoubtedly one of the greatest players ever so it was a great privilege", said the Zimbabwean, who idolises the Serbian star.

Federer has yet to lose his serve in the match, and he earned the only break of the opening set to grab a 3-1 lead.

Federer will face Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, a finalist at the Paris Masters in 2017, in the third round.

"I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything", he said.

Djokovic scrambled to win the second set but looked rusty on stadium court, making 62 unforced errors compared to 29 for Daniel.

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

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

Having enjoyed so much success in the California desert by winning five titles, Sunday marked his earliest Indian Wells exit since his debut in 2006.

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