Novak Djokovic makes 'weird' revelation after early defeat at Indian Wells Masters

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

13 Marcha, 2018

Roger Federer emerged unscathed from a testing second set to see off Federico Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (8-6) in the opening match of his Indian Wells Masters defence on the ATP Tour.

In other men's matches, Juan Martin del Potro steamed his way into the third round as the sixth seed needed just 69 minutes to beat Australian teenager Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-1.

"For me it felt like the first match I ever played on the Tour", said Djokovic.

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

"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, ranked 109 in the world, claimed the biggest win of his career as the qualifier prevailed 7-6 (7/3) 4-6 6-1.

"You keep doing it, doing it but then you have to be careful you don't get too cute with it".

"I was playing aggressive and feeling like he was not loving my slice, and then also mixing in with drop shots eventually", Federer said".

It was clear early that Djokovic didn't have anything close to his best game, in spite of holding a 5-2 lead in the first set. "But I recovered very quickly, and I got myself ready" added the Serb.

As his form began to dip at the end of 2016, Djokovic admitted that he had been affected by off-court issues that he hasn't elaborated on. A year ago, he went on a tear, winning the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami - a stretch that saw him go 20-1. The Swiss, who skipped the clay last year, says he will make a decision whether to play on the slippery surface after Miami, but will likely not play Monte Carlo. Still, picking against Federer in his current form isn't an option.

The world No. 25 had been scheduled to face Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in a second-round match.

Last year's US Open runner-up Anderson sent down 22 aces, while Kicker only managed one in the third-round battle.

Get prep sports breaking news alerts from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. "I think it was a good match". However, ninth-seeded Lucas Pouille of France and 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina both lost to qualifiers, and 15th-seeded American John Isner fell to France's Gael Monfils 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-5.

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