Djokovic suffers 'weird' loss to qualifier at Indian Wells

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

Djokovic suffers 'weird' loss to qualifier at Indian Wells

The Spaniard once ranked No. 7 in the world is now ranked No. 39 said: "Well, I think that the match kind of, like, went up-and-downs a little bit, at least the two first sets with a break that he made me at the beginning". "When you go away from the game for over a two-month period it starts feeling a little bit that way". Very weird. I mean, I just completely lost my rhythm.

But rain, a rarity in the desert, stopped play at 2-2 in the second set.

New York Times tennis writer Christopher Clarey said the Serbian's "crisis continues" as he searches for his first grand slam title since the French Open in 2016. "So I was able to take advantage of it".

"When you do come back from injury or when you haven't played in a long time, it just takes extra effort". Striking his groundstrokes with conviction and refusing to concede the momentum shift, the Japanese would benefit from 22 unforced errors by Djokovic to snatch the opener in a tie-break. "I had always suffered against him but I felt I had finally found the key and won pretty comfortably 6-0, 7-6, 6-0". Whereas, here now you play the same guy the next day, so you can really compare, you know, how different conditions are. I think every player feels that way. Now I'm 34 and I have to fight against players 21, 22, 23 that are much younger.

After three days of the BNP Paribas Open, Roger Federer has yet to complete a match. In other action, qualifier Yuki Bhambri continued his strong run of form, securing just his second Top 20 win with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over ninth seed Lucas Pouille.

On Saturday, Federer led 6-3, 2-2 when the match was delayed by a heavy drizzle 56 minutes after it began. After a two-hour delay it was decided they would resume on Sunday.

The Swiss legend has begun the 2018 season in fine fashion with a ideal 13-0 record.

Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria hit 10 aces to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

World number three Marin Cilic also won Sunday, defeating Hungary's Marton Fucsovics in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.

South Korea's Hyeon Chung, who surpassed all expectations to reach the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year, also advanced, taking almost three hours to overcome Dusan Lajovic 6-7 (11/9) 6-3 6-3.