Djokovic, Zverev upset at Indian Wells

Darnell Taylor
March 12, 2018

Meanwhile, top seed Roger Federer wrapped up his rain-delayed match against Argentina's Federico Delbonis, winning 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

But Verdasco struck when it mattered, taking a 5-3 lead in the deciding set after breaking the Bulgarian and securing the match on the second match-point.

Daniel had two break points to level it at 5-5 but, this time, Djokovic did come through - despite wasting his first set point with a horribly shanked drive volley.

Indian Wells is the first tournament that Federer has entered since becoming the oldest player ever, aged 36, to become world No 1.

The Indian Bhambri will meet 18th-seeded Sam Querrey in the third round after the big-serving American accounted for Germany's Mischa Zverev 6-4 7-5.

Delbonis had defeated Federer at an ATP meeting in Hamburg in 2013, He won 7-6, 7-6.

But Djokovic fell at the first hurdle with a shock loss to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel.

After the world number one stormed to the first set over the weekend, rain interrupted play, forcing a delay overnight.

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On his highly-anticipated return to the tour after right elbow surgery, Djokovic looked a shadow of his former self.

"Just struggled also a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks".

He is sure to face a tougher task against Australian Open semi-finalist and South Korean star Hyeon Chung, who rallied past Dusan Lajovic 6-7 (9-11) 6-3 6-3.

Djokovic scrambled to win the second set on Sunday but the rust from the layoff was evident as he made 62 unforced errors compared to 29 for Daniel.

Djokovic had four aces but served poorly overall, making four double faults. "I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything".

"I was attacking when I had my chances and controlling most of the times the points", said Cilic. "He's only going to get better from here". "No matter the result and no matter how I'm playing or whatever happens, you know, just to go out there and give 150 percent".

Thiem has already won a tour-leading 17 matches this season, but he had to work hard to beat 19-year-old Tsitsipas, who reached the quarter-finals in Dubai last week and is ranked 71st in the world.

Southern California native Taylor Fritz advanced to the third round with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Russia's Andrey Rublev.

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