Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Djokovic rues shock Indian Wells exit

Novak Djokovic says something was ‘very weird’ during Indian Wells exit to world No. 109 Novak Djokovic was making his first appearance since January
Rita Gibson | 13 March, 2018, 09:14

Novak Djokovic's first match back after elbow surgery ended in disappointment as the former world number one was beaten by Taro Daniel in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters on Sunday. "I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything". Also have a Foundation trip I'm doing at that time, so I'm planning that a little bit.

The 12-time major victor led 5-2 in the opener, but Daniel fought back well to clinch the first set on a tie-break, and although Djokovic pulled level, 61 unforced errors from the five-time champion saw Daniel clinch victory after two-and-a-half hours.

In other action, current world No. 1 Roger Federer picked up where he left off, winning the four games he needed to defeat Federico Delbonis after their match was interrupted the night before by rain.

Federer, who led by a set when play was halted due to rain at 2-2 on Saturday night, staved off a set point in a tiebreak to beat Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (8-6).

Federer is making his 17th appearance in the California desert and is assured of remaining world No. 1 if he makes it to the semifinals.

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

Federer said he understands well how even a champion like Djokovic could be struggling to find his game so soon after having surgery.

LeBron James blames Cavaliers' woes on team injuries
The Cavaliers' road trip continues with a Tuesday night contest against the Phoenix Suns that will tip off just after 10 p.m. The Lakers used a 22-3 run at the end of the third quarter to run away with a 127-113 victory over the Cavaliers.

Federer continued: "I wasn't playing that good in my first [opening] round".

"When you do come back from injury or when you haven't played in a long time, it just takes extra effort. He's only going to get better from here".

Daniel's reward is a third-round match with Leonardo Mayer after his opponent Kei Nishikori pulled out through illness.

"I probably won't play in the very beginning, you know, meaning Monaco".

Djokovic shut down his season after Wimbledon in 2017 and despite not being at his best, chose to play at this year's Australian Open where he was ousted by South Korea's Hyeon Chung in the fourth round.

"But he's strong enough to deal with that, and I love him and I want to see him in the top positions very soon".

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