Indian Wells Masters: Novak Djokovic knocked out by Taro Daniel

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"But he obviously wasn't in his top form, so I was able to take advantage of it".

'And even if I lost the second set, I still had faith I could pull something off in the third.

"And I was able to stay pretty tough, so I'm pretty proud of that, yeah".

Federer started quickly hammering a backhand victor to take the lone break of the first set and he would deny a pair of break chances when serving for the opener at 5-3. Daniel went up 4-1 in the tiebreak before Djokovic got the minibreak back. 10th seed and Australian Open semi-finalist Angelique Kerber fought back rain and a set loss to register a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Ekaterina Makarova.

Novak Djokovic (SRB) during his second round match against Taro Daniel (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

"I served well, and I think I played better than I expect before the match".

Daniel faced break points in the opening game of the decider but he brushed them away and it was the 25-year-old who then broke to open up a 4-1 lead and never looked back, handing Djokovic his first opening round defeat at a Masters 1000 tournament since Monte Carlo 2016.

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"I see where he's coming from. I mean, I had no expectations", said Djokovic. Even though I served my five aces yesterday, none today. "But I recovered very quickly, and I got myself ready", the former 12-time Grand Slam champion told reporters, via BBC. Last month, Djokovic underwent another surgery on the same elbow, with hopes of returning to his best closer to the European claycourt and grasscourt seasons.

Did he struggle more mentally, physically or technically against Daniel? The American-born Japanese player won the first set on a tie-breaker, before losing the second set 6-4 to Djokovic.

Federer hit five aces and won 74 percent of his first serve points in the match which took a total of one hour and 41 minutes over the two days.

"Just some inexplicable, uncharacteristic errors".

"When you go from night to day [you are usually] playing a different opponent - so, naturally, it's all a change", said Federer.

Holder Roger Federer avoided the same fate as Djokovic, though the Swiss top seed was pushed hard by Argentine Federico Delbonis in a match that was completed on Sunday after being halted by rain on Saturday.

In late action Sunday evening, Croat second seed Marin Cilic beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 7-5 6-3, while Canadian Milos Raonic defeated 17-year-old compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-4. "He puts the ball wherever he wants", said Daniel. "And if his body feels good, the tennis comes along and the confidence comes along too". That has always been a rock-solid shot for me throughout my career.

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