Japan's Taro Daniel eliminates Djokovic at Indian Wells

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal

Djokovic was beaten 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1 by qualifier Taro Daniel in one of the tournament's big shocks on Sunday, having been out of action since the Australian Open due to surgery on an elbow problem. "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.

Other seeded players who lost were ninth-seeded Lucas Pouille, who fell 6-4, 6-4 to Yuki Bhambri; 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, 7-5, 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis; 21st-seeded Kyle Edmund, 6-4, 6-4 to Dudi Sela; and No. 24 seed Giles Muller, 6-3, 7-5 to Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Storm clouds rolled in just before the start of their match on Saturday and after a short delay to start the first set they managed to play until the heavy rains came in the second. His backhand, traditionally his most consistent and game-breaking weapon, bled errors-32 in all.

For now, Del Potro - given his strong start to 2018 - would appear to be Roger Federer's major rival in Indian Wells.

The 34-old, who has seven career titles, pounded down 12 aces, including six in the deciding set.

Holder Roger Federer avoided the same fate as Djokovic, though the Swiss top seed was pushed by left-handed Argentine Federico Delbonis in a match that was completed on Sunday after being halted by rain at 2-2 in the second set the previous day.

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"To me, it's not that surprising", the defending champion said in California.

Daniel, meanwhile, will face the victor of the match between the Belgian Ruben Bemelmans and the Argentine Leonardo Mayer in the third round. And with 40-Love, you know, I just - I lost that point.

"For me it felt like first match I ever played on the tour".

Djokovic scrambled to win the second set on Sunday but the rust from the layoff was evident as he made 62 unforced errors overall. After a slow start to the season, the Serbian quickly got some good results reaching Dubai semifinals and now Indian Wells third round.

Gael Monfils upset No. 15 seed and 2012 runner-up John Isner 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-5.

Delbonis actually had a set point during the tiebreaker in the second set, but Federer thwarted off the threat and went on to win.

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