"(MENAFN - Colombo Gazette) wp-image-124404" src="https://i1.wp.com/colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/100370925_gettyimages-930607042.jpg?resize=293%2C165" alt=" width="293" height="165" data-recalc-dims="1" / Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat by world number 109 Taro Daniel of Japan as he was knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
Djokovic had further surgery on a persistent elbow injury in February. Appearing in his second tournament in the last nine months, the Serbian lacked pace, was slow and without confidence during Sunday's encounter, reports Efe.
4-6 6-1 in the second-round tie on his first appearance since an injury ended his Australian Open challenge in January.
Roger Federer has downed Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6 in the second round at Indian Wells.
Though most of the crowd at Indian Wells came to see the former World No. 1 in his comeback following right elbow surgery, it was the 25-year-old Daniel who stole the show with a scrappy 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1 victory. He then made a decision to stop and have an operation to heal his elbow injury.
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Other seeded men advancing were: No. 7 Kevin Anderson defeated Evgeny Donskoy 7-5, 6-4, No. 12 Tomas Berdych rolled past German Maximilian Marterer 6-1, 6-4 in just over an hour. "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.
"For me it felt like the first match I ever played on the Tour", Djokovic said.
Once the third set began, it didn't take long for most observers to realize that it was Daniel's match to lose.
"But, you know, after an opponent like this, to come back from two breaks down, actually, for me it was nearly impossible".
No. 30 Pablo Cuevas beat up-and-coming Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Gael Monfils upset No. 15 seed and 2012 runner-up John Isner 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-5.
Spanish veterans David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez recorded routine straight-sets wins over Tennys Sandgren and Ernesto Escobedo respectively while Philipp Kohlschreiber outlasted Tim Smyczek.